Speech is the way a person sounds when they talk.
Many children have concerns with their speech (aka speech sound disorder). So, if you are a parent reading this because you think your child may have difficulties with their speech, you are not alone.
Before age 4, a major indicator of speech concerns is how well a child is understood by those who do not know them well (aka intelligibility). Here is a general guideline to follow:
After age 4, children should now be able to be understood by people they don't know all the time but can still have errors in their speech. Here is a general guideline to follow:
Read this graphic as: "By age __, your child should be understood __% of the time by people they do not know well".
Read this graphic as: "During their __rd/th year, your child should be using the following sounds all of the time: _____".
Do you have questions or concerns about your child's speech? I am always happy to chat via phone or email to answer any of your questions or to book an initial assessment for your child. Find my contact information here.