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Basic Concepts - What Are They?

Another common question I get asked from parents is"what can I do to help right now?"  My goal is to blog many different ideas to help parents at home. 

(These suggestions and strategies should NOT be a replacement for speech and language therapy, but can be tried/used at home to increase your child's communication.)

What are basic concepts?

Basic concepts are the building blocks that children need to be successful in any environment - at home, at school, at the park, in social situations, etc.

When Should Sounds Come In?

It is important to know what typical sound development looks like.  Below is an easy and quick chart that you can reference!

90% of Children Have Mastered These Sounds...By Age
p, d, m, w, h, n - 2 years old
t, b, k, g - 3 years old
f, v, y - 4 to 5 years old
s, z, j, l, r, sh, ch, th, blends - 5 to 7 years old

Now that you know what "typical sound mastery" looks like, the question is "When should I worry?"

Learning and developing speech and language skills is not easy.  It is normal for young children to make mistakes when talking.

Why Does my Child Need Private Speech and Language Services??

I cannot count the number of times I have been asked the following questions...

  • Why do you offer private speech and language therapy when students can access services at their school?
  • What benefit will my child have receiving extra services?
  • Why are the extra services important?
  • Do children need both the school district services and private/individual services?
  • Why? Why? Why?

The answer is a simple one...

"Practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent!" 

Speech and language disorders do not fix themselves.
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