Speech-Language & Learning
Language skills begin to develop even before a child speaks her first word. Children learn to use language to communicate with others and express their feelings. During early language and speech development, children learn skills that are important to the development of literacy. Literacy is the ability to read and write.

Writing, reading, listening and speaking are forms of language. In school, children with speech-language delays/disorders often struggle with writing, reading and listening skills. Children with speech-language delays/disorders often have difficulty with school-work, difficulty with reading, and problems expressing and understanding language. Speech and language difficulties are likely to have a significant impact on achieving academic success.

The earlier a speech and language delay/disorder is identified and treated (with speech-language therapy) the less likely that problem will persist or become worse. [1]

[1] American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). http://www.asha.org/

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