How to Help Your Baby's/ Child's Speech, Language and Communication Skills


We all know that babies develop at diffferent rates but there are some milestones to be aware of.


Click on your baby's/child's age to see what they should be doing and some ideas of how you can help them.


0-6 months

6- 12 months

1-2 years 

2-3 years

3-4 years 

4-5 years


Language screening using 'WellComm' 

In Salford we use the WellComm Toolkit at 18 months, 2 years and 3 years, to support children to develop their language skills. This may be offered by one of the Community Nursery Nurses from your local the 0-19 team (previously known as either the Health Visiting or School Nursing service); the Family Hub Practitioners or by your childcare provider. 

We encourage parents to take up this screening if offered as it will provide you with useful advice specific to your child. 


Following screening you may be offered one of the following options:

  • Advice and activities to do at home;
  • Request for support from the Speech and Language Therapy Service which can lead to:
  1. An invitation to one of our Talking Tots groups at your local children's centre run by one of our skilled Communication Development Workers;
  2. Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Assessment



Starting Life Well Service

Offers advice and support to parents of young children who wish to access funded daycare or support from our team of professionals click here for more information. 



The Early Years team have produced some advice leaflets here