Continuing my reading around my Learning Mentor role I had a flick through Information for parents – Speech and language difficulties. This was a fantastic resource – speech and language difficulties in young children are not unusual. Research suggests that as many as one child in 10 under the age of five suffers some problems.
Possibly the most helpful section was where it explains how children normally develop communication, language and speech and how adults can help in these processes. There is a fantastic table on pages 11-12 which shows the normal stage a 1 year, 18 month, 2 year, 36 month, 3 year, 4 year, and 5 year old child should be at in term of social and play, understanding, and talking.
The booklet also touches on how to start getting professional help; speech and language therapy – what it is, who provides it, how to get it and what to do with it, once you have it; and as usual for this series of guides it has a large extensive list of contacts at the back for further information.