The School Aged Child
The school aged child should be speaking in smooth, easy flowing sentences. He/she can tell about happenings, provide descriptions, use past, present and future verb forms. He/she enjoys listening to stories, watching t../movies and engaging in conversation.
Your child's speech should be easily understood. However, some children may continue to have difficulty with multi-syllabic words. The following sounds may be difficult for some children to produce correctly: /r/, /l/, /th/, & /s/. Some common substitution errors are: "wed/red," "yip/lip," "fum/thumb," and "think/sink."
Your child will be experiencing another "leap" in his/her language skills. Therefore, some children may have difficulty putting sentences together. You may notice repetition of sounds, syllables or whole words.
How can Parents help?
Reading to and with your child helps to: (1) further enhance vocabulary (2) improve understanding of grammar and syntax and (3) connect pictures with meanings. Model correct pronunciation of words. Speak in a slow, more relaxed manner especially if your child is experiencing some dysfluencies.
Possible Speech/Language Problems
The child: (1) does not speak (2) uses a few words (3) uses immature speech (4) is not interested in communicating with others (5) has difficulty remembering words (word retrieval) (6) has difficulty explaining or retelling a story (7) struggles to get words out or (8) has difficulty producing several speech sounds. The child may need to be screened for possible speech/language intervention.