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Concerns

Every child is different

While most children’s speech develops on schedule there are occasionally signs that things are not progressing, as they should. It’s natural for parents to worry, and lisping and stammering are often cited by parents as causes for concern.

While developmental milestones matter, it is important to remember each child is different. As a parent, you are the best judge of whether your child is making steady progress, so trust your instincts. While every child is unique, the following guidelines can help parents to determine if it is time to seek assistance for their children:

Tips

If you suspect that your child has a problem with their speech development it is important to get a referral to see a qualified speech therapist. See your GP or health visitor about how to get a speech therapy referral. Remember parents know their own child better than anyone else so don't let anyone put you off about seeking advice if you think your child has problems with their speech.

Stop

Children learn at different rates so don’t compare children. However, make sure that progress is steady.

Think

Language development of all children occurs gradually through interaction with people and the environment.

Do

In the first six months, most children learn to make eye contact, smile when an adult sees them, and use different cries for different needs.