Kids Speech Language Literacy
Get the help your child needs
Can other people understand your child when he or she speaks?
Do you think your child isn’t talking or saying as much as other kids in your mothers’ group,
child-care or preschool or compared to your other children?
Is your child stuttering when he or she does speak?
Is your child struggling to read and write at school?
What should my child be able to do?
Find out what speech and language skills are expected at different ages.
- understand up to 50 words and some short phrases
- follow simple instructions (e.g., ‘throw the ball’)
- point to familiar objects when named
- point to some pictures in familiar books
- say 50 single words – some easier to understand than others, but becoming more consistent
- copy lots of words and noises
- name a few body parts
- use objects in pretend play (e.g., hold toy phone to their ear and say ‘hello?’).
- follow simple two part instructions (e.g., ‘give me the
- ball and the car’)
- respond to simple wh-questions, such as ‘what’ and ‘where’
- point to several body parts and pictures in books when named
- say more than 200-300 single words
- put two words together (e.g., ‘bye teddy’, ‘no ball’)
- use their tone of voice to ask a question (e.g.,‘teddy go?’)
- say ‘no’ when they do not want something
- use most vowel sounds and a variety of consonants (m, n, p, b, k, g, h, w, t, d)
- follow more complex two part instructions (e.g., give me the teddy and throw the ball)
- understand simple wh-questions, such as ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘who’
- understand the concepts of ‘same’ and ‘different’
- sort items into groups when asked (e.g., toys vs food)
- say more than 1000 single words
- say four to five words in a sentence
- use a variety of words for names, actions, locations and descriptions
- ask questions using ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘who’
- talk about something in the past, but may use ‘-ed’ a lot (e.g., ‘he goed there’)
- answer most questions about daily tasks
- understand most wh-questions, including those about a story they have recently heard
- understand some numbers
- show an awareness that some words start or finish with the same sounds
- say more than 1600 single words
- use words, such as ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘because’, to make longer sentences
- describe recent events, such as morning routines
- ask lots of questions
- use personal pronouns (e.g., he/she, me/you) and negations (e.g., don’t/can’t)
- count to five and name a few colours
- follow three part instructions (e.g., put on your shoes, get your backpack and line up outside)
- understand time related words (e.g., ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘now’ and ‘later’)
- start thinking about the meaning of words when learning
- understand instructions without stopping to listen
- begin to recognise some letters, sounds and numbers.
- say more than 2,200-2,500 single words
- use well formed sentences to be understood by most people
- take turns in increasingly longer conversations
- tell simple, short stories with beginning, middle and end
- use past and future verbs correctly (e.g., ‘went’, ‘will go’)
- use most speech sounds, but still may have difficulties with ‘s’, ‘r’, ‘l’ and ‘th’.
18 months to 3 years
3 – 5 years
Middle Primary School
Professional Speech Therapists
Experienced therapists at Kids Speech Language Literacy can help parents and very young children develop a solid communication foundation with early intervention.
We can help pre-schoolers with their language development, speech sounds and fluency so that they can interact with their peers and have their needs and wants attended to by caregivers outside the family home.
We can support early primary school students to understand language required in the classroom, playground and other extra-curricular activities. We can help them produce language needed in written and oral work and help struggling early readers and spellers.
Therapists at Kids Speech Language Literacy can help children from the age of 18 months through to middle primary school.
We only assist children who we believe we have the skills and experience to help.
Speech pathology helps to improve communication skills through:
Providing speech therapy to kids in suburbs including:
Ryde, North Ryde, East Ryde, Denistone, Eastwood, Marsfield, Macquarie Park, Putney, Ermington, Gladesville and Epping.