4 - 5 years speech and language development
Four year olds are often great conversationalists and love to talk about the details of all sorts of scientific and important subjects. Your child wants to find out about all aspects of life and talking about things is a very important way of understanding how the world works.
Developmental milestones include:
- Speaking clearly on the whole, but he may still not use some sounds correctly – ‘th’ for ‘s’ or ‘w’ for ‘r’.
- Asking about the meaning of words
- Telling long stories where reality and fantasy are intertwined
- Asking many, many questions
- Arguing his point and offering his ideas abut things
- Talking about the future – what he thinks might happen, or what he hopes will happen
- Knowing a few songs and rhymes
- Enjoying jokes – he’ll particularly like anything to do with toilets, bums or farts!
What can I do to encourage his speech and language development?
- Take the time to talk to your child about his day – now that he’s having experiences without you at pre-school, you’ll find he has a lot to report!
- Continue to read with your child. Talk about what's happening in the pictures, let him act out the story.
Signs there could be a developmental delay include:
- He can’t be understood by people other than you
- He can’t hear things that are said quietly – he can’t hear a whisper, or needs things to be constantly repeated before he understands what’s been said.
All children are different and develop at different rates, so don’t be overly concerned if your pre-schooler is acquiring new skills at a different rate to those around him. But if you are worried about his development, or it seems to have stalled or be going backwards, talk to a health professional.
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