Should I be concerned about my child?

If your child is 18 months old and you feel that they are not making many sounds:

We would recommend that:

  • You see your GP and discuss your concerns
  • Have a hearing test if not already done so
  • Discuss with us whether a speech pathology assessment would be warranted


If your child is 3+ years old and you are concerned about their speech and language development:

Your child may have one of the following issues:

  • Not being understood by an unfamiliar listener
  • Showing frustration at not being able to express themselves, either through using incorrect speech sounds or finding the right words or sentence structure to use
  • Having problems understanding what you are saying
  • Struggling to play appropriately for their age – does not stay on any activity for very long
  • Dribbling and the front of their shirt is often wet
  • Dysfluent (stuttering) and it does not seem to be getting better


If your child is nearly 5 years old and about to start school.  You still have some concerns about their speech sounds.  Look at our page on speech sound development to see what speech sounds your child should have or ring us for some advice. You may feel that their expressive language is not very strong and they are having difficulties telling you about their day or making conversation.


If your child is at school and struggling in the classroom.  He/she is finding it hard to maintain attention and often misses instructions.  Reading is not progressing.  Some children can have residual language difficulties that impact their learning at school. Contact us for advice as to whether a language assessment might be warranted.


If your child is experiencing any of the above it is recommended that you seek advice from your GP or speak to us at Mosman Language and Learning Centre.