Speech Sound Development – Ages 3 to 8

Year Level: Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2

The milestone poster/sheet details the age related milestones for speech sound development in children aged 3 to 8 years.

Many parents, early childhood workers and teachers will wonder if a child speech is normal. Most children’s speech becomes clearer gradually as they hear and use words and sentences. While children develop at individual rates, there is a general pattern to children’s sound development.

  • By 18 months of age 25% of what is spoken by young children should be understood by their parents
  • By 24 months of age 50 – 75% of what is spoken by young children should be understood by their parents
  • By 36 months of age 75 – 100% of what is spoken by young children should be understood by their parents.  Not all sounds will be articulated correctly, but the young child will nonetheless be understood by their parents.

A newborn communicates by crying. A six-month-old will experiment with sounds. An eleven-month-old will speak their first words. A two-year-old will speak around 50 words and be able to create two-word sentences. A three year will be able to string a four-word sentence together. By five years of age, most children can be understood by anyone.

Be aware that ear infections are common in children and can interfere and subsequently delay sound development. If concerns surround a child’s speech (e.g. a three year old that cannot be understood by adults) it is recommended that an appointment with a Speech Pathologist is made. Speech Pathologists are professionally trained to advise, diagnose and treat children who have difficulty communicating. See our Copyright Terms of Use at https://pld-literacy.org/help-pages/copyright-policy/.

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    Early Years Parent Education Sheets and Downloads – Semester 1

    This booklet outlines key information to be provided to parents, caregivers and the wider community within semester one. Children benefit when home and school work together. To support this, PLD offers an extensive range of parent milestone information sheets and videos. These resources are ideal to be disseminated to parents and the wider community through […]

    This booklet outlines key information to be provided to parents, caregivers and the wider community within semester one. Children benefit when home and school work

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    Speech and Language Development Milestones – 4 years old

    This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language development milestones for children within the early years (0 to 4 years of age). Includes tips for home and causes for concern. Click to download separate milestone lists below.

    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.

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    Speech and Language Development Milestones – 8 years old

    This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language developmental milestones for children from 8 years of age.

    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.

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    Speech and Language Development Milestones – 7 years old

    This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language developmental milestones for 7 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.

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