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    My child keeps saying that he will talk when he turns 6. Is this likely and should I wait until then to see?

    Comments such as these are often a child’s way of expressing that they really want to talk, but find it too hard to talk currently. They sometimes feel pressured by others asking them when they are going to talk, and if they talked at school that day. They often say that they will start talking at some point in the future to stop people asking them. Children often have a strong desire to talk, but don’t necessarily know how to move from their current level of communication toward free and spontaneous speech. In very rare circumstances children have started talking at the point that they predicted, however most cases in our experience children’s communication remains the same and they still require treatment.