When should my child say that sound?
One my favorite things about listening to kids talk all day is….listening to how they talk. It’s always fun to have that 2-year old demand for a toy duck in one my sessions……but it’s especially entertaining when that /d/ sound turns into a /f/. Think about that for a second 🙂
Although it’s funny when a 2-year old does it….it’s no longer funny when a 6-year old makes the same speech error. How a child communicates – particularly – how a child produces speech sounds can have a profound impact on his/her ability to have needs/wants met and be socially accepted by peers.
If you have concerns, it is always a good idea to seek a speech language pathology evaluation. Even if your child is making these sounds, s/he may exhibit atypical patterns that can be diagnosed or ruled out by a speech pathologist. Or a SLP may determine that your child doesn’t present with a speech delay, and your worries will finally be put to rest. Either way, early intervention is the best intervention, so no harm in talking to a local SLP about your concerns.
When looking at speech norms, it’s important to think about sounds and not spelling! For example, keep in mind that the word ‘cat’ starts with the /k/ sound….a lot of people get goofed up mixing up sounds vs. letter/spelling conventions so it’s important to keep those separate when looking at these charts. Also, /r/ norms are not include on my chart below because /r/ is special and it gets its own blog post.
|Age||Initial Word Position||Medial Word Position||Final Word Position|
|2 years old||
|3 years old||/f/ (fun)
|4 years old||/kw/ (quack)||/d/ (body)||/f/ (beef)|
|5 years old||“ch” (cheap)
|6 years old||/v/ (vegetables)
|7 years old||/z/ (zoo)
|“th” (mother)||“th” (bath)|
This chart is just meant as a guideline – if you have any questions leave me a comment in the form below!