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Things to Look Out For

Speech and language skills develop from a very early age. However, some children do not develop the early skills they need.

Parents should speak to a GP, health visitor or speech and language therapist if:

  • Their child has not started to babble to communicate by 12 – 15 months.
  • They are not saying their first words by 18 months.
  • They do not respond well to language, such as not following simple instructions like ‘kick ball’.
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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).