Belinda Buckley speech & language therapist

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Difficulties - what can go wrong?

  • Most children develop speech, language and communication without any difficulty, but some do need extra help.
  • Childhood communication difficulties often result from a number of contributory factors. An interaction of elements within the child and in their environment might underlie speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • Conditions affecting wider aspects of development such as learning difficulties or autism can give rise to communication problems. Some children might have a specific difficulty acquiring speech or language, with no other developmental difficulties. Other children might acquire a communication difficulty at some point in their childhood, for example as the result of an accident or injury. Some children might just be a bit slower than other children to develop their speech or language – some of these will catch up on their own, but others will need help.
  • Development of these skills might follow a similar pattern to other children but at a slower rate; also the development might occur in a different or unusual way, compared to other children. There may or may not be delay affecting other aspects of development, for example walking, social skills or play.
  • Most communication difficulties arise due to factors over which we have no control. Parents might need reassurance that they are not to blame for their child’s communication difficulty.

Summary of the skills and aspects of development that might be involved in childhood communication difficulties.

Summary of factors known to place children at higher risk for communication difficulties.

Who to talk to and when to make contact.