Talking is difficult for me

When we want to say something, first we have an idea. We choose the words and sentences we want to use and the order we want to use them in. Our brain then sends a message to the muscles in our mouth to make speech sounds and we talk, speaking clearly and fluently.

Some children can have difficulty with one or more of these things meaning they'll struggle to say what they want.

How children might struggle

They might show signs of one or any combination of the following:

  1. Speech that is very unclear and difficult for other people to understand
  2. A stammer
  3. Difficulty talking in sentences
  4. Talking using only a few words or simple sentences
  5. Difficulty finding the words they need - like when you know someone's name but just can't remember it...
  6. Difficulty organising their words and sentences, so talk is confused and difficult to follow
  7. Selective mutism - some children find it very difficult to talk in some situations, so they may choose not to

Where to go for more information

Click here for more information on difficulties with speech sounds

Click here for more information on difficulties with producing language

Click here for more information on stammering

Click here for more information on selective mutism

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  • For some children these difficulties with talking are their main difficulties
  • For some children understanding or communicating with others will be difficult too
  • For some children these difficulties with talking are part of another condition (for example cerebral palsy)