Many parents who contact the Afasic Helpline seem to consider their child’s speech and language difficulties to be a relatively ‘mild’ problem. This is astounding when you stop to think how much we rely on talking, reading and listening for almost every aspect of our daily lives. Indeed, in a very real sense, speech and language largely define what it is to be human. As Wittgenstein said, ” The limits of my language are the limits of my world”. If your child has significant speech and language needs, they are likely to face very real difficulties at school and elsewhere. So you should take it seriously, but please don’t panic. There is help available, and the Afasic Helpline can help you access it. Call us any time you’re concerned.

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