There can be many reasons why your child is having difficulty. Evidence shows that children with a family history of speech, language and literacy difficulties are more likely to present with similar difficulties themselves. Some children experience speech, language and literacy difficulties with no underlying family history or developmental difficulties. Other children may present with communication difficulties linked to hearing impairment, developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities and a range of other developmental diagnoses.
Children are unique which means their communication skills are unique. The causes of language delays in children are often unknown. Research shows that approximately 20% of children (1 in 5) experience speech or language difficulties. The earlier a child receives additional support for their language difficulties the greater the progress will be.