Language, a complex system of symbols, is what allows us to share our ideas with each other, to think and to learn. The fact that most children develop language without any apparent effort or direct teaching makes learning language seem like a relatively simple task. But this is not the case – it is an extraordinarily complex task and there are numerous causes for problems in its development. When problems do occur they can have far reaching affects because oral language is the foundation upon which appropriate social skills and later academic abilities (reading, writing, math, etc.) are based.
You may find that the following articles can help you understand more about the fascinating area of language:
What Is Language? (in the "Recognizing Disorders in Young Children" page)
If you have questions or need more information you can contact me at:
Speech & Language Center, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX