Caring for your Child

Caring for your Child

Your Child's Hospital Journey

Speech, language, and communication advice

Advice and useful websites for parents and children.


Speech

The child/young person may:

  • Have speech that is difficult to understand
  • Talk like a younger child
  • Get frustrated when they cannot express their wants/needs
  • Mix sounds when they talk (this may affect reading/writing)
  • Be reluctant to talk because they are aware others can't understand them

Useful websites


Understanding language

The child/young person may:

  • Struggle to understand what is said to them
  • Appear to not listen, which is interpreted as unacceptable behaviour
  • Misinterpret what has been said
  • Struggle to access what is being taught in the classroom 

Useful websites

  • BBC Tiny Happy People

Using language

The child/young person may:

  • Be unable to express basic needs
  • Have difficulties expressing their thoughts
  • Struggle to find the right words
  • Mix up word order, making them difficult to understand
  • Use short simple sentences when speaking (this may affect writing)

Useful websites

  • BBC Tiny Happy People

Social communication

The child/young person may:

  • Struggle to play with others
  • Find it difficult to start and maintain interactions with others
  • Have language but not know how to use it to communicate
  • Have no words and also not use non-verbal communication

Useful websites


Voice

The child/young person may:

  • Present with a hoarse, croaky, strained, breathy or weak voice
  • Be unable to control volume, so it may be difficult to be heard by other people
  • Experience pain in their throat when talking

Useful websites


Stammering

The child/young person may:

  • Give up when their words get stuck
  • Avoid speaking in certain situations as they are worried about stammering

Useful websites


Selective mutism

The child/young person may:

  • Be very anxious about speaking in some situations

Useful websites


Eating and drinking

This refers to the process of eating, drinking, and swallowing and/or sensory food aversion, rather than children with behavioural feeding difficulties.

The child/young person may:

  • Be unable to swallow certain foods

Useful websites


Advice sheets

Information leaflets for parents, practitioners, teachers, and carers.