How to support a child with a language delay

Late language emergence (LLE) is a delay in language onset with no other diagnosed disabilities or developmental delays. Young children who exhibit a language delay are sometimes referred to as “late talkers” or “late language learners.” Two well recognised criteria for a language delay are (1) an expressive (spoken) vocabulary of fewer than 50 words and (2) no two-word combinations by 24 months of age.

Treatment approaches for children with a language delay typically vary along a continuum of naturalness. They include clinician-directed, drill-based activities in a therapy room, child-centered, play-based activities that include everyday activities in natural settings, and a hybrid of these – activities and settings that combine both approaches. There are many different types of resources that are available to support children with a language delay, and can be used both by clinicians and by parents and caregivers, one of these is flashcards.

Why use flashcards

Flashcards are an excellent resource for teaching students with a language delay. Here’s why

  • They are simple in design.
    This simplicity allows a student to focus on one language concept at a time, setting them up for success.

  • They offer plenty of repetition.
    This repetition leads to the pathways in the brain (also known as neural connections) working together more effectively

  • They are visual in nature
    Studies show that we process visual information with greater ease than information which is written or spoken.

  • They can be used in so many ways.
    The same set might be used for any number of touching, matching, sorting, saying and describing activities. This means their use can evolve as a child’s abilities progress.

What our flashcards can teach

Our flashcards can support many areas of teaching for a child with a language delay. These include:

  • Vocabulary development.
    A set of familiar words within a child’s language

  • Syntax
    The arrangement of words or phrases to create well-formed sentences.

  • Abstract language concepts
    Language that represents concepts rather than physical things

  • Memory
    The process of taking in, processing, storing and recalling information.

How to use our flashcards

Each  of our flashcard sets includes an easy to use set of instructions. There are a mix of matching, touching, sorting, acting, saying and describing activities.

These activities are typically organised in order of difficulty, with the easier activities described at the start and the more challenging ones described in the later stages. There are activities that are appropriate for students:

  • who are verbal or non verbal
  • at different stages in their level of understanding

Product suggestions

Here’s some suggestions about which product to choose and why

Enhancing vocabulary 
The Nouns and Categories Sets were designed to support the teaching of vocabulary. Typically, the more words that a child understands and uses, the greater their ease of communication.

Syntax – putting together well formed sentences
There are many activities that you can do with our Verbs and Go Togethers Sets to encourage syntax. This matters because children are better able to communicate their wants, needs and ideas when they put words together rather than using a single word to communicate.

Or – our entire flashcard range in 2 premium value box sets

  • 520 captivating cards

  • Language Library
    Includes Categories, Go Togethers, Emotions (Vol 1 & 2), Opposites, Prepositions and Verbs (Vol 1 & 2)

  • Nouns
    12 types of nouns – animals, appliances, clothes, food, furniture, household, locations, nature, occupations, rooms, shapes and transport

  • Carefully organised with dividers and color coded cards for ease of use

  • Easy to use step by step instructions

Explore our range

Shop now