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SPEECH

The Road to Mastering Sounds

BABIES ARE BORN to make sounds. In the beginning, that mostly means crying. But gradually, your baby will start to utter sounds that sound, well, human. Eventually, she’ll put these sounds together to make words. At first, those words may be ones that only you can decipher. Later, her words will start to sound like the speech of a preschooler. Eventually, as your child grows, she’ll start to pronounce her words just like you do.

There are two main components to your child’s communication. One is speech, the other is language. In this chapter, we’ll differentiate between the two and then focus on speech—what ...

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