We talk to little babies, and pretty soon, they start talking back to us. (but that's another story!) In fact, most children seem to learn to speak without much effort. Once in a while though, you might begin to wonder if a child is talking as well as he should be for his age. Happily, the answer is usually "Yes".
If family and friends seem to have trouble understanding your child, then contacting a Speech Pathologist is a good next step. By the way, we've been called Speech Pathologists, Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs), Speech Therapists, Speech Clinicians, or Communication Disorders Specialists, depending upon custom at the time. The names don't reflect any difference in our training or in our national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
our schools (Boise, Idaho), we try to help the children whose speech or
language interferes with their ability to function in a school environment.
If a child doesn't communicate as well as he should, the problem might
be the production of the sounds or in the structure of his language - and
these can be affected by a variety of factors
My e-mail -- clouss (at) wy-os.net
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