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.