Typical Language Development

  • Typical Speech/Language Development

    Your child's communication skills

    By the end of second grade your child should be able to do the following:

    Listening and Speaking

    • Give and follow multi-step directions
    • Understand concepts of space, time and location
    •   Answer questions based on a grade level story
    •   Answer a variety of complex wh- and yes/no questions
    • Use language to inform, to persuade, and to entertain
    • Stay on topic, take turns, and use appropriate eye contact during conversation
    • Open and close conversation appropriately

    By the end of third grade your child should be able to do the following:

    Listening

    • Listen attentively in group situations
    • Understand grade-level material

    Speaking

    • Speak clearly with an appropriate voice
    • Ask and answer questions
    • Participate in conversations and group discussions
    • Use subject-related vocabulary
    • Stay on topic, use appropriate eye contact, and take turns in conversation
    • Summarize a story accurately
    • Explain what has been learned