Many children will experience a temporary delay in speech and language development. Most will eventually catch up. Others will continue to have difficulty with communication development.

Communication disorders include speech disorders and language disorders. Speech disorders are discussed in this article and some general guidelines are also given. This will help you decide if your child needs to be tested by a speech-language pathologist.

A child with a speech disorder may have difficulty with speech sound production, voice, resonance or fluency (the flow of speech).