The information here can help you to recognise an early problem with your child’s talking and understanding. These downloads include hints of what to look out for and examples of how an average child reaches different points in his/her talking and understanding development. If you need advice or support about your child’s talking or understanding skills, then please contact our Helpline.
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, 7,388 hits)
Speech and Language Development Milestones and Checklists
These downloads show how a typical child develops speech and language at different ages.
Speech and Language Development Milestones - Early Years (242.8 KiB, 15,071 hits)
Afasic Checklist 4-5 year olds (357.8 KiB, 8,244 hits)
Afasic Checklist 6-10 year olds (346.7 KiB, 7,160 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, 28,082 hits)
Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley
Emily describes her expectations about starting a family and the experience of raising a child with a disability.
Welcome to Holland (41.4 KiB, 7,553 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 (329.9 KiB, 12,146 hits)
Improving the making of sounds (333.5 KiB, 22,218 hits)
Other language related skills (321.3 KiB, 11,690 hits)
Recognising a possible difficulty (314.9 KiB, 17,373 hits)
Use of words (310.2 KiB, 14,158 hits)
Identifying if your older child or teenager needs support
What to look out for in children and teenagers – ages 11-18.
Young people in school or college see many different teachers so it can be easy for those experiencing difficulties to slip through the net. However, it is important that communication needs are identified. If the descriptions in this download fit your child, they could indicate that he/she needs support with their listening, understanding and/or talking.
Identifying if your older child or teenager needs support with speech and language (1.2 MiB, 3,463 hits)
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 (52.7 KiB, 3,463 hits)