Speech is the most typical form of language, and in order to understand
speech, a child must be able to clearly hear, distinguish, and categorize
the phonemes within the speech. A child who is unable to distinguish
between similar phonemes may develop difficulties with comprehension.
A child who has difficulty with English phonology may not be able
to hear the difference between words like "thin" and "fin" or "here"
and "hair," and those words may confuse the child when they come
up in context.
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