Speech and language therapy looks at all areas of speech, language and communication development, including:

  • Attention and listening skills
  • Non-verbal communication skills
  • Play skills
  • Understanding of language
  • Use of language
  • Speech sounds
  • Social interaction
  • Social communication.

Language development may be viewed as a pyramid – the foundation skills of communication (i.e. the skills at the bottom of the pyramid) need to be in place before the more advanced skills can develop.

Are you concerned about your child’s EARLY INTERACTION SKILLS?

Your child may:

  • use reduced or limited eye contact
  • appear reluctant to engage in one-to-one, face-to-face activities such as “peek-a-boo” or action rhymes
  • not respond to familiar voices or respond to their name
  • not babble or make any speech-like sounds
  • show limited interest in watching others
  • not imitate actions or sounds that you show them.

Are you concerned about your child’s LISTENING AND ATTENTION SKILLS?

Your child may:

  • be constantly on the move, and find it difficult to sit down for even a short time
  • appear to ignore you and not respond to their name
  • find it difficult to sit for carpet time in preschool
  • will engage in activities of their own choosing, but find it difficult to co-operate and engage in activities that are adult directed (i.e. activities that are not of their choosing)
  • have difficulties recalling information or instructions.

Are you concerned about your child’s SPEECH?

Your child may:

  • have speech that is difficult to understand, especially out-of-context
  • miss sounds off the ends or beginnings of words (e.g. “at” for cat)
  • replace or misuse sounds (e.g. “tar” for car; “gog” for dog)
  • be able to repeat words accurately, but find it difficult to say the same word accurately in spontaneous speech
  • have a stammer (e.g. repeat words /sounds, appear to get stuck at the beginning of a sentence etc)
  • have difficulties with controlling and using appropriate voice, intonation and stress in their speech.

 

Are you concerned about your child’s UNDERSTANDING OR USE OF LANGUAGE?

Your child may:

  • have difficulties recognising object and action words by name
  • have difficulties following instructions
  • have difficulties responding to questions
  • have difficulties making their needs known (via speech, and/or other means)
  • use tele-grammatic sentences or miss out words
  • use learnt phrases or echo speech they have heard but find it difficult to use more “novel” sentences.

 

Are you concerned about your child’s PLAY?

Your child may:

  • show little interest in toys or books
  • find it difficult to engage with a toy/game for any length of time
  • prefer to sort or order their toys rather than play with them
  • have limited pretend or imaginary play
  • show little interest in playing with other children.

 

Are you concerned about your child’s SOCIAL COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION?

Your child may:

  • show limited interest in interacting or playing with others
  • use limited eye contact
  • communicate only to meet their own needs rather than for social reasons
  • find it difficult to take turns and share toys
  • find it difficult to cope with changes in their routine or new situations/people
  • find it difficult to make friends.

 

If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language and/or communication skills, please get in touch to discuss and see if I can help.