As speech is one of the most advanced forms of self-expression, the extent to which we are able to use language to express ourselves will be related to our ability to do so in general. Children are masters of unrestricted self-expression, and when offered enabling environments, they will look for all possible opportunities and tools to creatively express themselves without fear of being judged. This is because they are emotionally available.
However, this natural gift may be restricted by poor pedagogy and parenting to the point that a child might start to become emotionally affected and as a result withdrawn and not able to express themselves freely. Such emotional turmoil might cause speech delays not related to medical conditions, and it is important to offer holistic support that is in line with the principles of Responsible Pedagogy.
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