Speech, Language and Communication



Communication is an important skill that all children need to learn. Being able to express their needs and explain how they are feeling is a vital part of learning how to form positive relationships, manage behaviour and understand the world around them.


As a parent or carer there are lots of things that you can do to support their development. You may find the sites below useful:


NHS Choices has clear information about helping your baby to learn to talk:www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/helping-your-childs-speech.aspx


Words for Life have lots of tips and advice about how to support your child with their speech and language: www.wordsforlife.org.uk


Somerset’s Integrated Therapy Services have a ‘How to help a child’ page which includes fact files and advice sheets for you to use.  The page also has a language development film that demonstrates things that you can do to support your child’s development: www.sompar.nhs.uk/what-we-do/children-and-young-people/professional/integrated-therapy-service/how-to-help-a-child/


Talking Point has a progress checker to use if you are concerned about your child’s development: www.talkingpoint.org.uk/progress-checker