Speech and Language

Speech may be immature or unintelligible in early years. Language may be impaired or late to develop.

For some children, the primary difficulty is in making and co-ordinating the precise movements, which are used in the production of spoken language, which results in severe and persisting speech production difficulties. The condition is termed developmental verbal dyspraxia: it may occur in isolation or in conjunction with general motor difficulties.

Children with speech and /or language difficulties should be referred to a Speech and Language Therapist as early as possible. A referral can be made by a GP, Health Visitor, other professional or by parents themselves. Speech and language therapists carry out assessments, can identify a child’s presenting difficulties and advise on management and support.

For further information about the role and work of Speech and Language Therapists, visit the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website.