Recognising a problem
It can be very difficult to tell whether your child has a problem. Young children are quite commonly late to start talking and they mostly catch up in their own time. In school aged children, it can be hard to tell the difference between a speech or language difficulty and other problems such as dyslexia.
Signs of a problem
We have put together a list of signs that can indicate a problem in:
Speech and language assessment
The best advice is to trust your own judgement. As your child’s parent, you know him or her best, and if your instinct tells you something is wrong, you are probably right. A speech and language therapy assessment is the only way to find out for certain and if you are seriously concerned you should get yourself referred as soon as possible. Find out more >>
Any time you are in any doubt about what to do, your first step should be:
What should I do if I’m still not sure?
You may wish to talk to your health visitor, doctor, Sure Start Children’s Centre worker, or your child’s teacher, but remember, they do not always know very much about SLCN.