Working in a preschool I run into two very different situations.
1. First time parents who have no idea their child's speech sounds are delayed. Parents will often say, "I was difficult to understand as a child, so I thought this was typical."
2. "Will you listen to my son? My mother-in-law says she can't understand him."
I hope I am not the only one that has to simplify a speech acquisition chart to parents every single day. For many parents it can be confusing that some sounds are learned first in the final position then in the initial position or the opposite. That the /j/ symbol means "y" and the squiggly symbol means "sh."
In order to make my life easier, I have created a parent checklist of speech sounds their 3, 4, or 5 year old should be producing. I often give this to parents who are concerned about their child's intelligibility before diving into the large explanation of speech sound acquisition.
*Information for this PDF was obtained from the GFTA-3 standardized sample and the speech intelligibility chart created by Pena-Brooks, Adriana, & Hedge, M. N in 2007.
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About the author:
Lauren Jeffries MA, CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Lauren currently works full time in a special education preschool and part time at a rehabilitation hospital in Ohio. After creating many handouts and activities for parents and students on her caseload, she has decided to publicly share them!