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Learning to communicate is complex and relies on the development of lots of different skills. When children are struggling with their communication we need to assess their strengths and needs in order to know what skills to work on developing. Children don’t always build their skills from the bottom up, but we would usually target the development of the lower level of the pyramid of the wall before building the other layers up.

Pyramid to explain the development of language for children 1 - attention and listening, 2 - play, 3 - understanding 4 - talking, 5 - speech sounds

Image provided by thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

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