Children vary in their development of speech and language skills. Most children learn skills within an age range. A child who takes longer to learn a skill may have a problem. Speech and language skills are not only crucial for a child’s development, but they are a key component to their success in the classroom.
Whether your child is starting kindergarten or going into fifth grade, here are some developmental milestones parents can look for to gauge their child’s speech and language skills.
Speech language pathologist with young schoolchildrenKindergarten to Second Grade
  • Speaks clearly enough so most people can understand
  • Answers simple yes or no questions
  • Shows interest in and starts conversations
  • Shares his or her ideas using complete sentences
  • Uses most parts of speech, or grammar, correctly
  • Explains words and ideas and uses 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
Speech language pathologist with young boyIf you have concerns about your child’s communication skills, the Speech-Language Institute (SLI) of Salus University can help.

During a screening at SLI, an expert 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.