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Expressive Language


Expressive Language

What’s the difference between speech and language?

Video: The Difference Between Speech and Language 

From birth, children are developing language to communicate, starting with sounds, gestures, then words and building up to sentences. By the time children start school, they are usually able to hold a simple conversation and are starting to join sentences together using words like ‘and’ and ‘because’. As children get older their spoken language becomes more complex and they can use language for different reasons, such as asking questions, telling well-organised stories, problem solving, negotiating, and persuading.

Children with spoken language difficulties may struggle to say what they want to say, even if they have the ideas; find it difficult to put words together in phrases or sentences; remember the words they want to say; find it hard to join in conversations.

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More Information & Getting Help:

  • You can talk to us about your child’s speech and language development via our Early Years Telephone Advice Lines. 
  • You can find details of our advice lines, referral information or how to contact us on our Service page
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