Speech And Language Difficulties

Advice for parents who are raising bilingual children who have speech and language difficulties.

  • Keep speaking in your own language. Do not start speaking in a language that you are not competent in, even though it maybe the new language that your child is learning (For example, English).

  • Keep language simple and use short phrases when talking to your child.

  • Keep repeating new words so that your child gets used to hearing them.

  • Use gestures, facial expressions and body language to help show your child what you mean.

  • Encourage your child when they communicate in any way or any language.

  • Share a simple list of 10 to 20 commonly used words in your home language with your child's nursery, pre-school or childminder.

Further help

If you have concerns about your child’s language development, please talk to your health visitorearly years setting staff or your local children’s centre.