The information below will explain strategies you can use to support your child to develop their communication skills. You can get Help with Understanding, Help with Talking and Help with Social Interaction. There are short videos which will give you ideas of things you can do during your everyday routines and while you play with your child. It will be helpful to watch the videos and then choose one or two strategies to try at a time with your child.

If you are unsure what to expect and when in terms of your child’s speech and language development, you can use the Ages and Stages Guide to Speech and Language Development to find out more.

If you are a professional working in childcare or nursery, these strategies are also relevant to supporting a child’s communication development in your setting. You can also scroll to the bottom of the page to find a dedicated ‘professionals’ section with further advice and support.

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If you are a professional working with children who require extra support, please visit the Professionals Speech and Language Therapy page for 18-24 month-olds. Here you will find a range of resources including training and support videos.

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