What is Speech and Language Therapy?
The role of the Speech and Language Therapist is to assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. They may also work with people who have eating and swallowing problems.
Speech: pronouncing the sounds/ intelligibility/ clarity.
Language: how we understand what someone else is saying, and how we join words into phrases and sentences to express ourselves.
Communication: interacting appropriately, e.g. taking turns, listening to each other, looking at each other.
Why might your child need speech and language therapy?
Your child might…
- Have limited attention and play skills.
- Not have many spoken words.
- Not always understand what is said to them.
- Be hard to understand.
- Stammer/ repeat words/ sounds.
- Not interact like you think they should at their age.
Is my child’s speech and language development within the normal range?
Please see www.talkingpoint.org.uk for an overview of speech & language milestones at key stages of development.