6 - 9 years speech and language development
- By seven years, your child should be able to talk clearly and easily use the language that’s spoken at home.
- He should be able to articulate a complicated sequence of events and a range of ideas using expressive language.
- Your child should know how to use the different tenses correctly and appropriately.
- He will really appreciate the art of joke telling!
- By 8 years, he will be using the telephone with confidence.
- He will start to enjoy reading independently.
How can I encourage his speech and language development?
- Your child may still have a lingering lisp as her speech matures. This will disappear over time, but if it’s causing anxiety or embarrassment, you may consider consulting a speech therapist who could fast-track its disappearance.
- Talk to him and encourage him to talk to you. If you lay the ground-work now for open channels of communication, you’ll have a smoother passage through the notoriously bumpy adolescent years!
- Give him opportunities to use the telephone. Perhaps allow him to make arrangements with a friend on the phone rather than you doing it for him.
- Make sure that he has access to age-appropriate reading material. Your child’s teacher or the school librarian should be able to guide you.
- Provide him with lots of opportunities to listen to music.
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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot
Sources include S.A. Govt’s Parenting and Child Health