Speech and Language Development Milestones – 4 years old

Year Level: Early Years

This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language developmental milestones for 4 year olds.

Designed by speech and language pathologists, the speech and language milestone sheets provide a list of typical milestones that should be attained by specific ages. In the event that a child is not demonstrating what is expected for their age, it is recommended that a speech pathologist is consulted. The sheets also include specific causes for concern and suggestions for parents within the home.
While PLD no longer offers a clinic, the following download may be useful when seeking specific information from the school or the early childhood service for the speech pathologist: https://pld-literacy.org/product/observations-of-a-student-to-accompany-a-referral-to-a-sp/

The following implementation booklet outlines how PLD speech pathology designed programs can be applied to schools. Refer to pages 7, 11, 12 and 18.

 

Other related milestone sheets and videos have been listed below.

3 years of age:

Speech and language milestone download sheet
Video – briefly outlining 3 year old milestones

4 years of age:
Speech and language milestone download sheet
Video – briefly outlining 4 year old milestones

5 years of age:
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