Speech vs. Language

Bridget Hillsberg
February 28, 2020

Did you know that there's a difference between speech and language? As speech pathologists at Speech Sisters, we are here to tell you that each of those terms depicts a different component within communication. This is important to know when trying to understand your child! Confused as to what this means? Let us help you…

Speech (Articulation)

Speech encompasses the motor aspect of producing, pronouncing and articulating sounds in isolation, or within words, phrases, sentences or conversation. For example, “Charlie is 3 and speaks in complete sentences but we can’t understand a word that he says!”


Language encompasses the ability to understand (receptive language) language and the ability to share our thoughts, ideas, and feelings with others verbally or nonverbally (expressive language). For example, “Sadie is 2 years old and does not follow basic directions and only has 10 words.

”It is possible for your child to have difficulties in one or both of these areas. If you suspect that your child is struggling with speech and/or language, we encourage you to reach out to your pediatrician as well as an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Go to www.asha.org (click "Find a Professional")

To learn simple and effective strategies to help get your little one talking, check out our Talk on Track (newborn-14 months) and Time to Talk: Toddler Course (15-36 months). We’d love to equip you to experience the joy of your little one talking to you!

Bridget Hillsberg
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