Conversations are difficult for me

When we're having conversations, we take turns speaking and listening, we check what we're saying makes sense and that other people are listening, we use the right non-verbal communication such as smiling and nodding our head and we correct any misunderstandings that may arise.

Some children find it hard to use their speaking and understanding skills to have a conversation, even though they might be able to talk clearly and in sentences.

How children might struggle

Their difficulties might come across as one or any combination of the following:

  1. Not looking at you when you're talking or perhaps staring too much
  2. Not listening well or interrupting too much
  3. Often struggling to join in with group conversations, might misinterpret what's said or take things very literally
  4. Struggling to pick up on non-verbal information, such as if someone else is cross or bored
  5. Staying on the topic of conversation or talking about only their own interests
  6. Problems using language to have good conversations or to discuss, negotiate or argue

Where to go for more information

Click here for more information on difficulties with conversations

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  • For some children these difficulties with having conversations are their main difficulty
  • For some children talking or understanding others will be difficult too
  • For some children these difficulties with having conversations are part of another condition (for example Autism)