Addressing concerns about your school-aged child’s speech and language development

Addressing concerns about your school-aged child’s speech and language development

About one child in every 10 needs help developing speech and language skills. And since communications skills are critical to a child’s emotional, social and academic success, it’s important to spot potential problems early and to address them right away.

Here are some resources that describe typical speech and communication development for children from Kindergarten to Grade 2 and in Grades 3 to 5.

School boards offer a range of supports for children with speech and language concerns. If you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language development, discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher or school principal.

If your child has communication challenges, check out the Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders. They provide a range of supports, and have published a series of parent fact sheets on a wide range of topics. Most of their services are only available in English.

Looking for more ideas on how to improve your child’s language and literacy skills? Best Start Hubs and libraries throughout our community offer free language and literacy programs for children and their families.

Frontier College also provides literacy programs in some schools in Greater Sudbury.

Search the Best Start Community Calendar for school-age literacy programs, or sign up for notices of new events as they are posted.

The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists offers a series of online guides that can help you address a whole range of speech and language development concerns. If you are looking for private speech and language services, use this tool to find a professional in our community who can help.






This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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