Speech Sounds 2-5 years


2-5 years

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Learning to speak is a crucial part of a child’s development and progress made in nursery and early school years is crucial to mastering the rules of language and early literacy. 90% of children will be able to make these sounds by the age listed below:


From:   Dodd, B., Hua, Z., Crosbie, S., Holm, A. & Ozanne, A.  (2002)  Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology. London: Pearson Education Inc.

What can you do to help?

Model correct speech for your child, eg. If they say “look at wed dod”, you can say “yes, look at the red dog”

  • Look at your child when you are talking together
  • Let your child watch your face, lips and tongue as you form sounds and words
  • Repeat new words and sounds over and over, and use them often in your conversation
  • Praise your child when sounds are correct, especially if the sounds were previously difficult for them

Contact a therapist at Chatterpillar’s to discuss your child’s speech further.