How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?

Click on your child’s age below to work out if your child’s communication is typical for their age.  If your child is not doing the things outlined an appointment with a speech language pathologist may be worthwhile.

Other reasons to see a speech pathologist is if:

  • no-one is able to understand what your child is saying
  • your child finds it difficult to think of what to say
  • your child struggles to say words
  • your child has a hoarse voice
  • your child’s speech is dysfluent (stuttering). For example: repetitions (eg. B-b-b-b-but not now), prolongations (eg. Mmmm-me too) & blocks (eg. R—ub it out)
  • your child’s social skills seem different to their peers. Things to consider include eye contact, play skills, turn taking, engaging with others, understanding vocal tone and facial expressions & knowing how to make friends.


Information on this page and on each age page is taken from the following sources:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association factsheets: How Does Your Child Hear and Talk? Retrieved on 9/6/13 from
  • Bowen, C. (2006). The Quick Screener for Teachers, retrieved on 9/6/13 from
  • Bowen, C. Ages and Stages Summary – Language Development 0-5 years & Information for Families: Stuttering What can be done about it? retrieved on 9/6/13 from
  • Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Speech, retrieved on 9/6/13 from
  • Speech Pathology Australia, The ages and stages of children’s speech development factsheets retrieved on 9/6/13 from Sound of Speech: 0 to 3 years & The Sound  of Speech: preschool & school aged children
  • Zimmerman, I, Steiner, V & Pond, R (2012). Preschool Language Scales – Fifth Edition: Australia and New Zealand Language Adapted Edition. PyschCorp: Sydney.

Flourish News…..

Flourish is  a registered NDIS provider.

Flourish is an approved Bundaberg service provider for the Department of Social Services funding initiatives of:


  • Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
  • Better Start for Children with Disabilities


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