chancetotalkMany parents worry about the rate of their child's development and whether their speech is developing at the normal rate for their age. This is not unusual – one in ten children has speech and language difficulties, ranging from struggling to understand what is being said, to problems with receptive skills and appropriate use of language.

Children's communication charity, I Can, aims to offer parents and carers essential information on children's speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), so they will receive the vital support to help them thrive at school and grow in confidence.

Help includes a wide range of free resources, factsheets and posters, plus essential worries answered, such as whether a dummy affects speech, to finding the right school and the impact of social exclusion due to communication difficulties. You can also check the progress of your child's language development according to their age, access a speech and language assessment service and get help from a therapist.

To find out more, check out the charity's Talking Point website at www.talkingpoint.org.uk