Preschool years are a time of amazing growth in children's speech and language skills.  The majority of children learn speech and language easily through listening to and talking with the adults in their lives.  And if you have a preschooler you might long for those times when your kiddo wasn't talking up a storm!  In case your wondering where your child measures up, the following are what you can expect of your child during the preschool years.  Visit for additional information or contact your school's Speech-Language Pathologist.

Hearing and Understanding:
  • Follows simple one step directions (including prepositions such as on, in, under, next to, behind)
  • Responds to his/her name
  • Hears you when you call from another room.
  • Hears television or radio at the same loudness level as other family members.
  • Answers simple "who?", "what?", "where?", and "why?" questions.
  • Beginning to group items together based on similarities (color, shape, size...)
  • Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about them.
  • Talks about activities at school or at friends' homes.
  • People outside of the family usually understand child's speech.
  • Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words.
  • Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words.
  • Says most sounds correctly except a few like l, s, z, r, sh, ch, th, v.
  • Beginning to name rhyming words.
  • Asks questions and wonders about things.
  • Plays imaginative games with others.

How to read to your child: