Encouraging reluctant speakers to communicate
Is your child reluctant to speak to adults outside of your home, including setting staff? There are many reasons why this might be the case. It could just be your child’s personality, or because they have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). If problems persist and your child’s setting expresses concern, then the Speech and Language Therapy service will be able to speak with you and your child about it.
Children can be reluctant to speak because they are having difficulties with:
- understanding what is being said
- knowing the words
- using words in a sentence
- feeling overwhelmed by social interaction
Some children are just more reserved, prefer their own company, or only feel confident to communicate with those who know them well.
Whatever the cause of your child’s reluctance to speak, using good interaction strategies will help. See Interacting with your child.
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