Spotting the signs
How can parents spot the signs that
their child may have speech, language and/or communication
The development of speech, language and communication is very
complex and, although there are a number of theories, no one knows
exactly how we develop these skills or why these skills sometimes
do not develop as expected. There may be a number of reasons.
Sometimes there is a known cause such as a hearing impairment, a physical disability
such as cerebral palsy or a
learning difficulty. In other
cases, however, there is no obvious reason.
It is important to remember that every child is an individual
and will develop in different ways and at different rates.
If you have concerns about your
child's speech, language and/or communication development, and
would like to know what the signs are for a possible SLCN, a useful
place to start is to look at the main stages of language
development. A very helpful and comprehensive reference is at
Talking Point (My
Child) (External Website) where you will see the sequence
through which typically developing children gain skills in areas of
As all children are different, these are meant as a guide
only. The sections are organised into age groups to help you find
the information that is most appropriate for your child.
Within each age group you will find:
- Information about how children typically
develop communication skills.
- Tips for supporting language at this
- Things to look out for - difficulties that
some children have at these ages.
For more information, refer to 'Initial Concerns and Early Warning
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Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011
Unlocking speech and language
Highlighting the importance of speech, language and
communication across the children's workforce and to enable
practitioners to access the best training and expertise to support
the communication needs of all children.
- Hello Campaign
Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all
- Language for Learning
Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to
Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver
these courses within their own Authorities
Speech and Language Therapy
Information from Worcestershire's NHS about speech and language
- Talk to your
Encouraging parents and carers to talk more to children from birth
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This page was last reviewed 22 May 2013 at 10:49.
The page is next due for review 18 November 2014.