What is communication?

Communication is the act of sending and receiving information.  We communicate by various methods including speech and writing, using gestures (such as pointing), using pictures, and even using sign language.

What is early communication?

Communication starts much earlier than when a child learns to talk.  At the start, children communicate unintentionally.  They do things like cry, vocalise, look and reach without realising that these actions are actually sending a message to the people around them.  

Later, children develop what is called “intentional communication". They learn that in order to get their needs met, they have to send their message to someone. Intentionally sending a message to another person may involve vocalising, looking, pointing or using a gesture or even a word.  

“Early communication” refers to these early skills developed in learning to communicate effectively.  It is about so much more than speech and language.  The emphasis is on establishing a connection with someone, having positive interactions and sending and receiving clear messages.  

Does your child need help with their early communication skills?

NW speech is passionate about providing speech pathology intervention for children who are in the early stages of learning to communicate.  This means children who:
- may be difficult to start or maintain an interaction with
- may not yet be using words to communicate
- may only have a small number of words
- may be talking, but finding it hard to use the right words at the right time.
- may be finding it difficult to understand what you are saying.
- may display challenging behaviour as they are not able to communicate effectively or understand what is expected of them.

How can NW Speech Help:

Individual Consultations
Group Consultations