Talking and Using Language

There are a number of differences you may notice if your child has difficulties with their speaking.

For example, if your child is at pre-school you may notice that they’re communicating using single words or only use certain words. In school age children you may notice that they are finding it difficult to use sentences and they make grammatical mistakes.

Speech and language therapists offer support to children and young people from birth to 18 years where communication difficulties are impacting on their ability to fully participate in daily life.

Guidance and helpful information

Encouraging communication skills from a young age is very important. You can help and support your child’s communication as you do everyday activities and play together.

If you think your child has difficulties with talking and using language, please use the toolkits below and look at the web links to the right.


How we can help

We will provide support to your child to improve their difficulty with language using a range of proven methods. We might work directly with your child or with you and your child together.

For children in school, we will work closely with teachers, providing a programme and advice to enable them to support your child’s difficulties in school. Research has shown that improvements in a child’s language difficulties in school are quicker when goals are embedded in the child’s everyday environment.

What happens next?

If you think your child has difficulties with speech, language or communication, please initially use the toolkits above and look at the web links to the right. These toolkits will give you ideas to support and encourage your child’s development.

If you continue to have concerns, please discuss these with your health visitor, early years practitioner, your child’s teacher or GP.