In this article on the beginnings of speech I am writing certain ideas and judgments which are the result of a lifetime of study and practical work in the field of children's speech. During the last twenty-one years I have aided in conducting a school for children with speech difficulties, called the Hill-Young School of Speech Correction. The school functioned for six years in Minneapolis and for thirteen years in Los Angeles; for two years it has been a part of the speech department of the University of Denver.
I am writing now to call the attention of the physicians who care for young children to the fact that during these years many parents have come to me with children whose speech was still undeveloped at the ages of from 5 to 10 years or older. These parents had been assured by their physicians that speech would come and that