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Things to Look Out For

For some children, developing communication can be a very difficult process and they may need extra help. By 5 years you may see the following:

  • Difficulty with abstract ideas such as size or time.
  • Difficulty with complex sentences.
  • Not having the right words to be able to say what they want.
  • Difficulty organising ideas in order.
  • Missing out some words. For example, saying 'playing ball' instead of 'Doggy is playing with the ball’.
  • Speech that may not follow a logical order.
  • Talking about lots of different topics in the same group of sentences.
  • Not using the right sounds so that their speech is difficult to understand.
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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).