School-Age Speech and Language Milestones
By age 6-7 your child should be able to:
- Identify most sounds phonetically.
- Segment sounds into smallest grammatical units.
- Begin to write simple sentences.
- Understand time and space concepts.
- Correctly produces the sounds l, ch, sh, j, and th (as in thumb).
- Follow oral directions .
- Comprehend reading materials, including story problems and simple sentences.
- By 4th grade, classify words and identify relations (cause/effect).
- Define words.
- Asks for help.
- Understands verbal humor.
- By 8 years produce all sounds correctly, including s/z, v, th (as in this), zh (as in measure), and r.
- Display social and interpersonal communication appropriate for age.
- Form peer relations.
- Begin to define words at an adult level.
- Use figurative language.
- Demonstrate good study skills.
- Paraphrases while taking notes and asks questions appropriate to content.