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Does your child find it difficult to pronounce certain words or are people struggling to understand what they are saying? Some children can present with a phonological delay or disorder, these are also known as speech difficulties. Your child may present with a lisp, or be unable to say a specific sound e.g. ‘r’ or ‘s.’ You may have concerns about Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD) or Apraxia of Speech (AOS). This can all be investigated during the assessment process. Early intervention is important as there is a link between speech sound production and the development of literacy skills in school-aged children.


Stammering occurs when there is a disruption to the flow or fluency of speech. It is also known as stuttering or dysfluency. Research strongly indicates that early intervention is most effective.

Receptive Language Difficulties

Receptive language difficulties occur when your child has difficulty understanding language or following instructions. They may get lost in conversations, find it difficult responding to questions or finding the ‘right’ word to use in conversation. This can sometimes be difficult to identify initially as children are very skilled at picking up on clues in the environment to support their understanding. Receptive language difficulties may cause your child difficulties learning in the classroom and interacting with and understanding their peers and family members at home.

Expressive Language Difficulties

Expressive language difficulties occur when your child has difficulties using vocabulary, describing things, grammar or ordering words into a coherent sentence. There are many skills your child needs to use in order to communicate their message. Language difficulties result in many barriers e.g. social relationships, accessing the curriculum and expressing wants and needs.

Sarah also has extensive experience working with children with a varied range of speech and language difficulties including (but not limited to):

  • Late talkers / prematurity

  • Delayed development of play skills

  • Developmental Language Disorder – DLD (previously known as Specific Language Impairment (SLI)

  • Selective Mutism

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Down Syndrome (DS)

  • Intellectual Disability (ID)

  • Attention and Listening Difficulty or Reduced Attention Span

  • ADHD

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