Signs of Communication Difficulties

Every child is different. It can be difficult to know if a child’s communication is developing normally or they are having difficulty. A Speech Pathologist will use standardised assessments, information from the parent and observations of the child to assess their skills to determine if the child will need ongoing support or monitoring.


Signs of Communication Difficulty


  • Your child has not said their first words by 18 months


  • Your child has not started joining two words together by 

       two and a half years of age


  • You have difficulty understanding your child’s speech or find

       that you are often translating their speech for others


  • Your child’s speech is dysfluent or stuttered and sounds



  • Your child’s voice sounds rough or strained


  • Your child’s sentences are short or their grammar is not as developed as their peers


  • Your child has difficulty understanding instructions


  • Your child has difficulty learning new concepts


  • Your child has difficulties interacting with their peers


  • Your child becomes frustrated when communicating


  • Your child is having difficulty reading and writing


For further information about Speech Pathologists, how they work and their role in child development, please see the fact sheets on Speech Pathology Australia’s website.

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