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Learning to understand language, talk and communicate for a range of purposes is a complex process. Children need to master a number of different skills. They need to hear lots of talking and experience lots of interaction with other people who can understand and talk, in order to understand what words mean and be able to combine words together to make sentences.

Most children will follow the same steps in learning language, but the age at which they learn them can vary a lot.

These tables will help you work out what the next steps are for your child’s speech or language learning.

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