Supporting your child’s speech sound development

As parents, you know your child the best! You know what activities they like, what they like to play with and what makes them happy.

By incorporating simple strategies into your everyday home activities you can support your child’s speech sound development.

Important Information

Speech sounds in children’s talking develop at different ages. Sounds such as ‘p’, ‘b’, ‘m’ sounds usually develop earlier in children’s talking. Sounds such as ‘ch’, ‘j’, ‘th’ and ‘r’ sounds are later to develop; some of these speech sounds are still normally developing up to the age of 8 years old.

As children start to learn how to talk, it is normal for them to change or miss out some speech sounds in their talking; these sounds will usually continue to develop over time.

If your child’s talking is unclear, repeat the words back to them so they can hear the correct sounds in the words, but don’t try to get your child to say the word correctly. For example, if your child says ‘bish’ instead of ‘fish’, your can say “Yes, there is a fish! The fish is swimming.”.

You can support your child’s awareness of the structures of words and the sounds in words through Sound Bombardment activities and Syllable Clapping activities.

If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or struggling to cope please contact your
GP who may refer you to the relevant healthcare professional.

What does Cardiff and Vale offer?

The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service can offer you advice and support to help you support your child’s speech, language and communication development. Our dysphagia team can offer advice and support regarding your child’s feeding and swallowing skills.

If your child is already known to our service, please follow the advice you have been given by the Speech and Language Therapist. If you have any queries, please contact us via the number below.

If you live in the Cardiff and Vale area and have concerns about your child’s speech, language, communication or feeding skills and they are not currently known to our service, please phone us to discuss your concerns.

Contact details

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service
Cardiff and Vale UHB
1st Floor, Woodlands House
Maes-y-Coed Road
CF14 4HH

Telephone: 029 2183 6585

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