LC Journal of Special Education


The purpose of this paper is to provide information about speech and language acquisition as it applies to children with developmental delays. Local education agencies, early interventionists, such as speech-language pathologists, and parents must provide literacy rich environments for pre-school aged children. The concerted effort among these individuals to provide speech and language services and activities for children in natural environments will be necessary to identify children who may need additional special education services and decrease the number of children being identified with a developmental disability. A review of the literature about early speech and language acquisition and intervention is provided in the forthcoming section.