Speech and Language – Under 4 years

Non-urgent advice: Speech and Language Local and National Resources

The following resources may be useful if your child is under 4 years of age and has some difficulties with verbal and/or non-verbal language. You might also find it useful to speak to your health visitor about your concerns, and/or your child’s nursery or preschool, if they attend one.

Understanding and communication leaflet https://cchp.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/Top%20Tips%20-%20Understanding%20Communication.pdf

Using visuals leaflet https://cchp.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/Top%20Tips%20-%20Using%20Visuals.pdf

The National Autistic Society have produced some social stories and comic strip conversations which can help people with autism develop a greater social understanding and help them stay safe.

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) has information about visual aids, cut out and laminated cards of objects, concepts or events to help communicate with the child.

Solent NHS Trust provide some useful, printable resources. You can view and download 16 different pictures to use to help communicate with your child here. You can also create your own visual aid for your child by opening, downloading and printing the following PDF. The attached document will have a three boxes; Now, Next and Well done. The Now and Next box are left blank for you to draw and/or write the appropriate tasks that your child needs to do.

ICAN CHARITY is the children’s communication charity and also has some useful information

SaLT by the sea provides some useful videos for helping children with their communication needs https://www.youtube.com/@BryonyRust