Free downloads for early support
Getting extra help for your child’s speech and language
Most children develop speech and language without needing extra help. The age at which children start to talk varies widely: most children say their first words between 12 and 24 months and put words together between 18 and 36 months. But some children find it difficult to talk or to understand other people – they may need extra help to develop their communication skills.
Getting extra help for your child's speech and language (23.6 KiB, 411 hits)
The Afasic Checklists provide a reliable and valid means of identifying children who have speech and language difficulties.
Afasic Checklist 4-5 year olds (357.8 KiB, 928 hits)
Afasic Checklist 6-10 year olds (346.7 KiB, 734 hits)
Anyone who knows a child well can identify SLCN – this includes parents or other family members.
Doctors, teachers, health visitors, childminders, staff in children’s centres and nurseries all have a duty to identify SLCN and arrange or provide appropriate help.
This useful download looks at a variety of examples of possible difficulties and how to get the right help.
Identifying SLCN (751.4 KiB, 2,667 hits)
Speech and Language Development Milestones
Babies usually say their first word at about 12 months. More words follow – slowly at first, but from around the age of 2, the process speeds up. By the time they start school most children are competent talkers. This download shows how a typical child develops speech and language.
Speech and Language Development Milestones (242.8 KiB, 3,041 hits)
A series of quick and easy guides to helping children and young people with speech and language impairments. These sheets may also be of interest to professionals.
Improving Poor Motor Skills (1,017.5 KiB, 9,194 hits)
Improving the Making of Sounds (1,023.7 KiB, 17,341 hits)
Other language related skills (1,005.5 KiB, 8,975 hits)
Recognising a possible difficulty (1,007.5 KiB, 14,371 hits)
Use of words (1,000.5 KiB, 11,329 hits)
This practical leaflet – with examples and suggestions for support – focuses on helping children find their voice when starting school.
Speaking out - helping children find their voice when starting school (234.0 KiB, 574 hits)
The Early Support booklet
This booklet is for you if you suspect that your child is struggling to learn to talk, or you have recently been told that your child has, or will have, particular difficulty developing communication and language.
Published in 2005 as part of a government initiative for England only.
Early Support Booklet (2.7 MiB, 17,411 hits)