learning to speak

learning to speak

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REFLECTIONS | The Language of Hearing

How do we learn to speak? 

It was my fascination with that question that brought me to my specific studies in higher education and to my occupation.

First of all, we’re not born speaking. The newborn, however, is acutely aware of its surroundings with all five senses: hearing, seeing, touching or feeling, smelling, and tasting. And, I happen to think that hearing might be the most important in that line up for us homo sapiens. It is likely one of the reasons I became an audiologist.

What is critical for normal speech and language development? 

Hearing. 

Topic(s): learning to speak, audiology, Hearing, Marion Downs, social communication disorder (SCD), Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2018