Tiffany L. Dean, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist Manager of Meridian Pediatric clinic

Question: How are Speech and Language different?

Answer: Language is made up of socially shared rules including syntax, (organization of words in sentences) semantics, (meaning created in language by combining words to make phrases and sentences) and pragmatics (language in social contexts). Speech on the other hand is verbal communication which includes articulation, (how sounds are made) voice, (use of breath support for sound production) and fluency (the rhythm of speech). Speech and language disorders can exist together or separately. If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language feel free to contact
one of our Speech Language Pathologists at STARS at 367-8282.