Speech is a series of sounds which are used together to form words and sentences. The development of speech sounds in children follows a normal developmental pattern, from simple sounds based on the letters “b”, “m” and “d”, progressing to more complex sounds like “ch” and, finally, to blends like “bl” and “sm”.
There are a number of reasons why children might struggle with speech, including:
If your child is struggling with speech, you’ll notice that they:
There are a number of techniques you can use to help your child develop their speech, including:
If you notice any of these in your child after the age of seven, and they seem to be causing difficulties, consider contacting your GP or our HealthHub for advice.
Our team run online workshops on early language development. They are designed for parents and carers and those working within early years settings. We have three training sessions available on different topics to equip you with everyday strategies to support your child, aged up to five. Please visit our Speech and Language Therapy service page for more information and to register.
There are a number of resources you can look at to help your child develop, including: