Language delay - young children
communication; speech; language; delay;
From a very early age, children learn that words, voice tone, facial expressions and gestures are all part of the messages other people give them. Children learn to express their needs through facial expressions, gestures (such as nodding and pointing) and sounds. The closer they get to school age, the clearer, and more 'adult' like the sounds become.
From a very early age, children also learn to understand other people. They learn that words, voice tone, facial expressions and gestures are all part of the messages other people give them.
Some children do not develop speech and language skills as easily as others. Sometimes they do not find it easy to understand the meaning of words or gestures.
To find out more
Have a look at the topics Language delay and Communication impairments on the Raising Children Network site.
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