By 4 -5 years
This is such an exciting time – but also an age that brings lots of ‘new’ things. The biggest is probably starting some form of formal schooling e.g. kindergarten or preschool.
Below is a table that outlines some of the language and play skills a child should be developing between the age of 3 and 4 years. Below the table are some ‘red flags’ to be wary of.
|Receptive Language (Understanding)||Expressive Language(Talking)|
|Play & Pragmatics|
If you are worried about your child’s communication (even if you’re just unsure), it is advisable to contact a speech pathologist. Some things to watch out for are:
- A child is not using three to four word phrases independently (i.e. without imitating you)
- A child is showing signs of frustration that they are not understood
- Has difficulty answering simple “wh” questions – i.e. “who, where, what?”
- Speech is difficult to understand
- A child is leaving the beginning or end sounds off most words.
- Has difficulty engaging in play with other children
- A child has an ‘unusual’ (or ‘husky’ ‘hoarse’) voice
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This article was written by our speech pathologist Jenna Butterworth who is a Speech Pathology Australia member.
Lanza, J.R. & Flahive, L.K. (2008). LinguiSystems guide to communication milestones: 2009 Edition. East Moline, IL: LinguiSystems, Inc. Retrieved from LinguiSystems Guide to Communication Milestones (9-1-2012)
Paul, R. (2006). Language Disorders: From Infancy through Adolescence (3rd Ed). St Louis: Mosby Inc.