At this stage, children should have well-developed speech, language and communication skills. A child with delayed language might show the following behaviours:
- They may struggle to join in group conversations. This is because there is too much language.
- They may find it hard to make up stories. This will show in their written work as well as talking.
- Their stories may be muddled, making them difficult to follow.
- They may find it hard to learn and understand the meanings of words.
- They may struggle to understand language about things in the past or future.
- They may find it hard to make predictions.
- They may find it difficult to understand language where the meaning isn’t clearly stated.
- They may be struggling to learn at school. They could find it hard to understand what it is they are supposed to be doing, even though they have been told.