Types of speech and language difficulty
There are lots of different sorts of speech and language
difficulties. Those listed here occur the most frequently.
Your child may find it hard to say all the letter sounds in
words. For example children often have difficulties saying
k or s. They may say "tea"
for key, or "no" for snow.
Your child might be very late to start saying first words,
or he/she may be having problems putting words together into
a sentence. You might be thinking "He just doesn't talk
as well as his friends" , or "I can't have a proper
conversation with him".
Your child can struggle to do what you ask, even though you
know he/she is listening, and seems to be trying to do what
you say. Always have your child's hearing checked first, if
you suspect understanding problems. Your Health Visitor can
help you with this.
Your child may not look people in the eye, or talk to them
easily. Maybe your child avoids contact with other people
when he can, preferring to be "doing his own thing".