Every child acquires their speech sounds at a different pace, however, there are specific guidelines as to what typically developing speech patterns look like. Below are some general guidelines to sound development.
- At the age of 5 your child should use the following sounds correctly: m, n, p, b, t, d, f, v, k, g, l, h, and all vowels. Sounds you child may still have difficulty producing include: th as in (thank), j as in (juice), ch as in (cheese), z as in (zoo), zh as in (measure), s as in (soup), r as in (rabbit) and sh as in (shoe).
- At the age of 6 your child should have developed all speech sounds with the exception s, z, j, ch and r. Your child should demonstrate intelligible speech although errors may be noted.
- At the age of 7 your child should be developing the j, ch, s, z and r sounds.
- At the age of 8 your child should use all speech sounds correctly.