Belinda Buckley speech & language therapist

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Difficulties - how might children be affected?

  • Motivation - Some children seem not to want to communicate with people in certain circumstances or settings.
  • Social development might be immature or unusual. Poor knowledge about social behaviour and communication affects a child’s ability to relate to others. They will experience difficulties in understanding and responding appropriately to communication and in using language to express their needs.
  • Conversations - the ability to share conversations can be limited. Some children might have learned to talk but are unable to communicate very well with others…they might have a wide vocabulary and adult-sounding sentences, but find it hard to make friends and their understanding of what others say is not as good as might appear.
  • Limited imagination is apparent in some children’s play; these children might have problems developing abstract concepts and language - there is a strong association between imaginative play and language development.
  • Attention and listening - poor attention and listening skills can affect speech and language development. These children might have problems with motor skills (for example clumsiness), levels of activity or perception.
  • Understanding what others say might be poor – evident in inability to follow directions or instructions and low appreciation of stories.
  • Expressive skills - thinking of words, putting words together, making sentences, telling about own experiences and story-telling might be weak.
  • Speech and language difficulties can be associated with reading and writing difficulties. There is a close link between speech, language, spelling and reading.
  • Speech sound system - speech might be unclear, even to people who know the child well.
  • Movements of the lips, tongue and face muscles might be weak, slow or not very well coordinated.
  • Some physical disabilities can impact on communication. Some less obvious language and communication difficulties might coexist with speech problems which have an ‘obvious’ physical cause, for example cleft palate.
  • Emotional - the child might have low self-esteem.
  • Behaviour might be disruptive or distressing, due to poor communicative ability.