Click on your child’s age below to work out if your child’s communication is typical for their age. If your child is not doing the things outlined an appointment with a speech language pathologist may be worthwhile.
Other reasons to see a speech pathologist is if:
- no-one is able to understand what your child is saying
- your child finds it difficult to think of what to say
- your child struggles to say words
- your child has a hoarse voice
- your child’s speech is dysfluent (stuttering). For example: repetitions (eg. B-b-b-b-but not now), prolongations (eg. Mmmm-me too) & blocks (eg. R—ub it out)
- your child’s social skills seem different to their peers. Things to consider include eye contact, play skills, turn taking, engaging with others, understanding vocal tone and facial expressions & knowing how to make friends.
Information on this page and on each age page is taken from the following sources:
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association factsheets: How Does Your Child Hear and Talk? Retrieved on 9/6/13 from www.asha.org
- Bowen, C. (2006). The Quick Screener for Teachers, retrieved on 9/6/13 from www.speech-language-therapy.com
- Bowen, C. Ages and Stages Summary – Language Development 0-5 years & Information for Families: Stuttering – What can be done about it? retrieved on 9/6/13 from www.speech-language-therapy.com
- Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Speech, retrieved on 9/6/13 from http://www.caslpa.ca
- Speech Pathology Australia, The ages and stages of children’s speech development factsheets retrieved on 9/6/13 from www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au – The Sound of Speech: 0 to 3 years & The Sound of Speech: preschool & school aged children
- Zimmerman, I, Steiner, V & Pond, R (2012). Preschool Language Scales – Fifth Edition: Australia and New Zealand Language Adapted Edition. PyschCorp: Sydney.
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