Speech-Language Milestones for Elementary School Children

SLP Milestones for Elementary School ChildrenChildren start to understand language as soon as they are born; and as they grow, they will eventually learn to communicate on their own. Speech and language skills are not only crucial for a child’s development, but also are a key component to their success in the classroom.
Whether your child is starting kindergarten or going into the fifth grade, here are some developmental milestones that parents can look for to gauge their child’s speech and language skills.

Kindergarten to Second Grade

  • Speaks clearly enough so that most people can understand
  • Answers simple yes or no questions
  • Shows interest in and start conversations
  • Shares his or her ideas using complete sentences
  • Uses most parts of speech, or grammar, correctly
  • Explains words and ideas and use more complex sentences
  • Asks and answers who, what, when, where, and why questions

Third Grade to Fifth Grade

  • Knows when to talk with a soft or loud voice
  • Able to explain what he or she learned in school
  • Stays on topic, takes turns, and keeps eye contact during conversations
  • Uses language for many reasons, like asking questions, arguing, and joking
  • Takes part in group discussions
  • Understands the use of some figurative language (For example: This classroom is a zoo!)
  • Summarizes ideas in his or her own words and organizes information clearly

If you have concerns about your child’s communication skills, the Speech-Language Institute (SLI) of Salus University can help.

“Screenings are a great way to get a quick glimpse at your child’s communication skills, to make sure they are on part with age-related guidelines,” Robert Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP, SLI clinical director. “Early identification is key to preventing children from falling behind in their communication development.”

SLP Milestones for Elementary School Children
During a screening at SLI, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) will test your child’s speech and language skills and identify whether further assessment and intervention is needed. If further intervention is needed, an individualized treatment plan will be put into place. SLPs will also work with parents, teaching them at-home activities to help their children communicate better.

Schedule an appointment with an expert at SLI today by calling 215.780.3150.