Language is a skill that develops as we grow. It includes the ability to make sense of sounds, words, sentences, and longer narratives or discourse while engaging in back-and-forth conversation. Many children have a developmental language disorder which makes it harder to understand directions, express themselves, or interact with others.
Language development is also an important foundation for literacy and academic success. As children grow, developmental language disorders may manifest as learning disabilities in school, including difficulties with reading and writing, also known as written language disorders. With early identification and the help of a speech-language pathologist, children can develop greater language and literacy skills.
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