What is Speech and Language?

SPEECH is how we say sounds and words. Speech includes:


How we make speech sounds using the mouth, lips, and tongue. For example, we need to be able to say the “r” sound to say "rabbit" instead of "wabbit.”


How we use our vocal folds and breath to make sounds. Our voice can be loud or soft or high- or low-pitched. We can hurt our voice by talking too much, yelling, or coughing a lot.


This is the rhythm of our speech. We sometimes repeat sounds or pause while talking. People who do this a lot may stutter.

Learn more about articulation and error patterns here: http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/wp-content/downloads/forms/phonological_processes.pdf


LANGUAGE refers to the words we use and how we use them to share ideas and get what we want. Language includes:

What words mean.

Some words have more than one meaning. For example, “star” can be a bright object in the sky or someone famous.

How to make new words.

We can say "friend," "friendly," or "unfriendly" and mean something different.

How to put words together.

For instance, In English we say, "Peg walked to the new store" instead of "Peg walk store new."

What we say at different times.

We might be polite and say, "Would you mind moving your foot?" But, if the person doesn't move, or steps on us, we may say, "Get off my foot!"