Speech and language therapy resources
Communication skills are vital for learning, play, friendships, and wellbeing. Children develop at different rates, but there are typical stages of communication development from birth to age 14+.
Communication development pyramid
The pyramid below shows those stages of communication development. The skills at the bottom provide the foundation for the skills at the top of the pyramid. It’s important to get the foundation right before moving onto the other skills. Conversation and interaction skills are important at every level.
Children must develop each stage starting at the bottom before they can progress to speech.
How to use our resources to help the child develop their communication skills
Our resources link directly to each stage of the communication development pyramid.
Start at the bottom of the pyramid with resources for ‘attention and listening’ and ‘play’ before moving higher up.
Choose the stage of communication below. Each stage includes age milestones, activities and ideas on how to help the child achieve their goals.
- Attention and listening
- Conversation and interaction
- Understanding language
- Vocabulary and word finding
- Building sentences
- Telling stories
- Speech and sound awareness
Checking the child’s progress
Use a progress checker to check the development of the child’s skills. You can then revisit our resources and try the suggested activities for each age milestone.
Parents can explore more communication activities from the Hungry Minds campaign and Tiny Happy People.