What are the signs of delayed speech or language development?
- A child with a language delay might say words well but only be able to put two words together.
- A child with a speech delay might use words and phrases to express ideas but be hard to understand.
- By 2 years: can only imitate speech or actions and doesn’t produce words or phrases spontaneously
- By 2 years: says only some sounds or words repeatedly and can’t use oral language to communicate more than their immediate needs
- By 2 years: can’t follow simple instructions
- By 2 years: has an unusual tone of voice (such as raspy or nasal sounding)
If you’re worried about your child’s speech or language development, talk to your GP or health visitor. If necessary, they will refer your child to your local speech and language therapy department.
If you prefer, you can refer your child to a speech and language therapist yourself.
What are the signs of your child needing physiotherapy support?
- there is a delay in achieving their motor milestones
- they have an identified neurological/ rheumatology conditions
- they demonstrate difficulties with balance and co-ordination that affect their academic achievements and activities of daily living
- there is a deterioration in their physical abilities
- they require physical rehabilitation following injury, medical condition, or surgery.
If you’re worried about your child’s physical needs, talk to your GP or health visitor. If necessary, they will refer your child to your local physiotherapy department.