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Things to Look Out For

At this stage, children should have well-developed speech, language and communication skills. At this age, a child might have delayed language if they:

  • Have difficulty giving specific answers or explanations.
  • Have difficulty sequencing their ideas in the right order.
  • Are better at understanding individual instructions than group instructions.
  • Find it difficult to understand language where the meaning isn’t clearly stated.
  • Find long and complicated instructions hard to understand.
  • Have trouble learning new words.
  • Take a long time to organise what they are going to say or write.
  • Take things too literally. For example “I’ll be back in a minute”.
  • Have difficulty taking turns in conversations.
  • Talk to teachers and friends in the same way.
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If you have any concerns, you should speak to your health visitor, GP or paediatrician.

You can check your child’s progress here (birth to 11 years).