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When Should Your Child Be Able To Say ‘Road’ Instead of ‘Woad’?

Parents often ask me, “Is it normal for my 3 year-old to have difficulty with his /s/ sound?”  Or more commonly, “Is it typical for my 7 year-old to still have trouble with her /r/ sound?”

Here is a list of the most common sound errors that I come across and around what age they should be mastered. Remember that letters in / / should be noted as sounds, not letters and there are many more sounds that children have difficulty with. These are only the most common in my practice.

/g/ (as in glad) and /k/ should be mastered by age 3 years
/s/, /z/, /j/ (pronounced y as in yes) and /l/ should be mastered by age 5 years
/r/ should be mastered by age 6 years

If your child hasn’t mastered these sounds by the expected age, it may be time to consider approaching your school speech-language pathologist or a private speech-language pathologist. The earlier you can get your child in to address the sounds they are having difficulty with, the easier it will be for them to master the sound.


About Express Yourself SLP

Express Yourself Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) offers treatment, prevention, advocacy, education, and administration, in the areas of communication and swallowing from birth through 18 years of age These are the areas of speech, language and feeding I work on with chidlren in their own homes or in the community: Articulation – finding the right place in the mouth to make a sound like /s/ or /r/. Expressive Language – grammar, vocabulary development, and language development (this might be sign language or verbal language) Disfluency (stuttering) – decreasing and eliminating disfluency and concomitant behaviors associated with stuttering. Feeding – increasing food repetoire including textures, colors, and flavors. Receptive Language - comprehension of verbal or signed language Social Language – understanding and implementing expected social rules in play and conversation. This can be individually or in groups with peers Sessions are 50 minutes. Parents or caregivers must be present when sessions are in the home. If the caregiver would like a community outting, the child must be driven to the desired location by a caregiver or it should be within walking distance of the home. Parents or caregivers are also welcome and encouraged to join in community outtings.

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