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Things to Look Out For

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.
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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).