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The information below will explain strategies you can use to support your child to develop their communication skills. There is information on Help with Understanding, Help with Talking and Help with Social Interaction. You will find 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 need support with voice difficulties or stammering, there are separate information sections at the bottom of this page.

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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Help with talking

To support your child to develop their talking, we have put together a series of videos which talk about a range of useful strategies you can use during your everyday activities and while you play with your child.

If your child is not yet talking very much, it can be useful to think about their understanding of language and social interaction first. If you have any worries about your child’s understanding or interaction it will be helpful to focus on these first.

It will be helpful to watch the videos and then choose one or two strategies to try at a time with your child

You can look through these using the scroller across the bottom of the first video.

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Top Tips for Speech and Language Development in Under 5s: Tip 8
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Sensation Station Centre Speech and Language Therapy Tips - Get Down to your child's level
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Top Tips for Speech and Language Development in Under 5s: Tip 2
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Sound Play
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How to use choices to get your child talking
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Visual support
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Weekend Words - Extending
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How to use choices to get your child talking
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Let's get moving with action words
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Let's play: supporting early interaction and communication
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Top Tips for Speech and Language Development in Under 5s: Tip 7
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Late Talkers: Watch, Wait and Respond at Story Time
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Reading Stories Together
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Late Talkers: Watch, Wait and Respond with Feely Bags
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How to help speech and language development with a simple puzzle
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Speech and Language Therapy activity with Peppa Pig
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How to help speech and language development with a simple puzzle
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Speech and Language Therapy activity with Peppa Pig

Help with speech sounds

To support your child to develop speech sounds, we have put together a series of videos which talk about a range of useful strategies you can use during you everyday activities 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.

You can look through these using the scroller across the bottom of the first video.

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How to help speech delay
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Speech top tips
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Speech Modelling
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Exploring Speech Sounds

Voice disorders in children

If you notice the quality of your child’s voice sounds different to the voices of others who are the same age and sex, visit this page to find out more. This may include their voice sounding more harsh or hoarse, too high or low, or too quiet, loud or more nasal than you’d expect.

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Stammering

Please visit our webpage on stammering for all ages if your child has a stammer that you would like more support with.

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Professionals

If you are a professional and work with young children who require extra support, please visit the Professionals Speech and Language Therapy page for 3-3½ year-olds. Here you will find a range of resources including training and support videos.

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