Normal Language for Children for Ages 3-5
This is week 7 of my 8 week series highlighting the hallmarks of typical speech and language development in young children. Today's post will explore what normal language and grammar looks and sounds like for preschoolers in the 3 to 5 age group.
For parents, knowing what "normal" development looks in babies, toddlers and young children will help you to recognize if your child is struggling. For additional information, review the posts from the last 6 weeks to see a full look at what typical speech and language development looks like during the early years. Today and next week's post expand the discussion from age 3 to ages 4 and 5, so that a complete overview of the early intervention timeline is represented throughout the 8 weeks.
The Babycenter website shares that "....as preschoolers pick up grammar rules, they tend to apply them in all cases. This is called over-regularization. For instance, they're learning that they need to add "ed" to make the past tense, so they add it to all verbs. Instead of "I went to the store," they'll say, "I goed to the store." More examples: "I winned." "She fallded down."
Babycenter also discusses that "Pronouns are another tricky spot" and three year olds may get them confused saying sentences such as "Her stayed at my house today." This is a normal aspect of language development at this age and would not be considered a delay or disorder unless it persists. During the year from 3 to 4, children begin to use made up silly words in order to make others laugh, they love hearing and telling stories and their ability to talk and play with other children magnifies and develops. For more information about this year of development, refer to my post from last week Normal Speech and Language Growth: Ages 3-4.
The Babycenter website also provides a nice detailed list of speech and language skills for typically developing 4 year old children:
Join me next week for the final post in my
Normal Speech and Language Development in Young Children Series!
What's on the blog radar for SPRING 2013???
Speech and Language RED FLAGS for parents of Young Children
Paperwork Issues in the Workplace
New therapy resources for those working in Early Intervention
Best Practice Therapies for Speech and Language Delays/Disorders
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