Welcome to Speech and Language!Communication is an important skill that is learned indirectly through your child’s environment. No one formally sits down and teaches young children to speak. They learn by listening and by interacting with the people around them. But, sometimes these skills develop at a slower rate or in an abnormal way. My job is to help these children develop the correct methods of oral communication.
The most common communication disorders found in the elementary school setting are in the area of articulation. The speech sounds are not developed all at once. They develop as the child gets older. A child in Kindergarten should not be expected to have perfect articulation of sounds. Below is a chart which shows when children should be expected to produce the speech sounds correctly:BOYS:Ages 2-3: h, m, w, b, n, p, and t
Ages 4-5: f, g, k, d, ng, jm
Ages 6-8: l, r, sh, v, ch, s, th and zGIRLSAges 2-3: h, m, n, p. b, t, w, k
Ages 4-5: d, g. f, j, ng, l, sh, j, chAges 6-8: r, v, th, s, z, thLanguage is the way that a child puts his words together when he speaks. Language includes vocabulary, the rules of grammar and following directions. Language does not include the decoding skills of reading.
If you are concerned about your child’s Speech and Language you should speak to your child’s teacher and/or guidance counselor. They will then refer your child to me for further evaluation.
Last Modified on July 25, 2017