Language is a beautiful gift. With it we can share our wants, our needs, thoughts, feelings. When you spend time with your child, you have the power to give and nurture this gift of communication.
Many factors affect the rate at which children develop language. Although the stages of development in the acquisition of speech and language are very consistent, the exact age when they achieve these milestones vary.
Factors such as the child’s inborn ability to learn language or motor skills, the amount and kind of language the child hears and how people respond to communication attempts can either slow down or accelerate the speed of speech and language acquisition. If a child is slow in speech and language acquisition, he or she may be suffering from speech or language difficulty.