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.
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.
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!"
and language disorders do not fix themselves.