Children develop their language skills at different rates, but there is a general pattern to children's talking and listening skills. If your child is having difficulty understanding what you say, and/or being understood by others, we highly recommended a full speech and language assessment.
For children under five, early intervention is critical in ensuring your child meets their developmental milestones./
Children use language to:
- Learn about themselves
- Learn about their own, and other cultures
- Participate in class
- Interact with others and form friendships
- Analyse information
- Use their imagination
- Make decisions about personal and social issues
Any difficulties with speech and/or language development can lead to difficulties academically and in participating socially with peers.
For more information on school age development, see our school based therapy section.