Many children experience difficulties with learning language; they experience difficulties with some, or all of the areas of language below
Putting words together to make little sentences; they may say only one word or use a string of key words e.g. “ball” “kick” for ‘the boy’s kicking a ball’.
Putting words in the right order in a sentence e.g. “drinking that is a orange a girl”.
Remembering to include all parts of a sentence e.g. “wash hands” instead of “the boy is washing his hands”.
Using action words in their sentences; they may miss the action from their sentence or use nonspecific words such as doing instead of using a specific action word E.g. “He’s do that”.
Using grammatical words in sentences e.g. “I go bed early watch telly.” Instead of “I went to bed early and watched telly
Using grammatical endings such as, two cats, Mum’s coat, jumped, didn’t e.g. “Him got two dog_ at him house”.
Thinking of and remembering words; their sentences may be hesitant as they struggle to think of and remember a word e.g. “I got…huhuhu…one on the…are on the back…on my bike…I got brakes on my bike”.
They may use incorrect words e.g. knife instead of fork or “thing” instead of the word they need. This has a knock-on effect on how they organise what they want to say, making it seem jumbled or confused.
Difficulties organising language beyond the sentence to explain things or tell stories.
If these difficulties have a big impact on how your child functions in their everyday life at home and school and if they are likely to continue beyond the age of 5 years, your child may have developmental language disorder (DLD).
If your child also has a developmental condition such as a learning difficulty or autism spectrum disorder, they may have a language disorder associated with that condition.
A Speech and Language Therapist can help identify your child’s needs and advise on activities and strategies to support your child’s communication at home and school.
Use these handy tips to start supporting your child straight away; a speech and language therapist will provide additional advice tailored to your child’s individual needs.
Spend some time talking with your child every day - turn off the TV and put phones and games consoles out of sight. Join in with their play, play board games with them, look at books together or just have a chat.
Help their understanding by:
Help them to develop spoken sentences by modelling sentences for them:
Help them learn new words by:
Help them think of and remember the word they want to use by:
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