Language is made up of socially shared rules that include what words mean, how to make new words, how to put words together, and what word combinations are best in what situations. Speech is the verbal means of communicating, which includes articulation, voice, and fluency. A language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding others or putting words together to communicate ideas, whereas a speech disorder is the inability to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently (a problem with the actual production of sounds). Children may experience a language challenge, a speech challenge, or both. Language and vocabulary workbooks, activity boards, wooden or magnetic alphabet toys, fill-in-the-blanks, phonics activities, vocabulary-building games, and some card games may all help to improve language and speech skills.

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