The Importance of Speech, Language, and Communication

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[EYMP 5.1] Understand the importance of speech, language and communication for children’s overall development.

1.1 Explain each of the terms:

1.1a Speech
The word speech when used in relation to children and young people’s development literally means the act of speaking, verbal communication, or to express thoughts, feelings, or ideas.

1.1b Language
The term language refers to an understood, systematic arrangement of signs, symbols and gestures used to communicate.

1.1c Communication
To communicate is to ably convey thoughts, information or feelings using signals, speech, body language, or by the written word.

1.1d Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

A child who is diagnosed with a SLCN is
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The positive effects of adult support for children can be witnessed as children gain confidence and show an increased level of self-esteem. These positive effects are reinforced when encouraged and given praise for their achievements from teachers, parents, carers, and other adults.

“Confidence, self-esteem and self-image affect the way we all interact with other people, so this will necessarily affect the development of communication skills.”(Cache Level 3, Children and Young People’s
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