How to Help Speech Delay

How to Help Speech Delay

All children take time to learn how to speak clearly. They go through typical periods of sounding unclear, or ‘simplifying’ difficult sounds. You might be wondering if your child is making the right sounds for their age. You might be wondering if there is anything more you can do to help them improve their speech.

In this 7.30 minute video I share five questions to help you better understand what to expect of your child’s speech and how to help their development.

I wonder: what sounds does your child find difficult? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Books are a great way to model sounds to your child. I shared a few of my favourites here

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