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Talking and using language

As children develop they learn to use sounds, words, phrases and sentences to communicate with the world around them. Some children may be slower to develop than their peers, and some children may have difficulties learning to talk or use language effectively.

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 are communicating using single words or have a limited vocabulary. In school age children you may notice that they are finding it difficult to use sentences and they may make grammatical mistakes.

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.

Please check out the toolkits to the right for help and advice as to how you can help your child before deciding whether a referral into the service is necessary. These toolkits provide advice on how to spot difficulties your child might be having with talking and using language. They give advice on activities you can do at home with your child. You should select the toolkit for the right age group of your child. There are also web links that you may find useful.

If your health or educational professional has made any recommendations about exercises that you can do with your child while you are waiting, it is important that you keep these going.

If you require further guidance and advice you can speak to a Speech and Language Therapist on 0300 247 0090 (Mon – Fri 9-5pm).

How we can help

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

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

How to refer?

Visit the Single Point of Access (SPA) page for information on the referral process.

If you require further guidance and advice you can speak to a Speech and Language Therapist by calling the SPA on 0300 247 0090 (Mon – Fri 9-5pm).

Useful links and resources

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