Speech, language and communication



Communication and how we interact with each other are important skills that all children need to learn. Being able to express their needs and explain how they are feeling is a vital part of learning how to form positive relationships, manage behaviour and understand the world around them. As a parent or carer there are lots of things that you can do to support their development.


You may find the sites below useful:


NHS Choices has clear information about helping your child to learn to talkwww.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/helping-your-childs-speech.aspx


Words for Life have lots of tips and advice about how to support your child with their speech and language: www.wordsforlife.org.uk


Somerset’s Integrated Therapy Services have a ‘How to help a child’ page which includes fact files and advice sheets for you to use.  The page also has a language development film that demonstrates things that you can do to support your child’s development: www.sompar.nhs.uk/what-we-do/children-and-young-people/professional/integrated-therapy-service/how-to-help-a-child/


Talking Point has a progress checker to use if you are concerned about your child’s development: www.talkingpoint.org.uk/progress-checker