Is Your Child's Speech Difficult to Understand?

May 22, 2017

As a child’s speech develops they get easier and easier to understand usually.  Most experts agree that by age three children should be able to be understood by both adults and other children.  Children who do not speak clearly tend to be ignored by the other children, and thus can have trouble playing in groups and even making friends.  While parents, who have learned to communicate with their children daily, are sometimes unaware when their child is not speaking clearly on a regular basis, teachers tend to be very aware of these speech difficulties because they are trained to look out for many types of learning issues.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the following are warning signs for speech and language development in children 3 to 5 years old:

• Difficulty with reading, writing and/or spelling
• Difficulty with topic maintenance
• Exhibits difficulty with comprehension of orally presented information
• Requires repetition of directions
• Difficulty retelling a story; uses simple language
• Difficulty remembering information
• May display social or behavioral problems

Our teachers look for problems like this regularly, and if we notice them they will advise the Director about these issues and then bring them to the attention of the parents.  Parents should consult their pediatrician for further advice, but great strides can be made to improve or eliminate these developmental difficulties when they are caught early, before the child starts Kindergarten.

You can learn more about learning and speech issues by visiting https://www.understood.org/en

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