Some children have great language and communication skills, but have trouble speaking clearly enough to be understood. This is known as a speech difficulty.

Speech is the mechanisms allowing sounds to be shaped.  It is made possible by the air passing through the articluators such as the tongue, the teeth, the lips and many more.

Speech production involves the precise coordination of anatomical structures, including: the vocal cords, uvula, tongue, and lips. For some people, coordinating these intricate movements is a difficult process. In these cases, direct instruction and practice in speech therapy can be beneficial.

The picture below illuatrates the parts of the body needed to produce speech.

Speech is the combination of 3 essential components:

- Voice

- Fluency

- Articulation

Remember to check the list of links provided at the end of this section for additional information that could benefit your child and your communicative skills.