What Speech Sounds Should My Child Be Using???

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When it comes to early childhood speech, conversations can be full of a lot of, “what did you say? Huh? say that again?”  There can be a lot of missing speech sounds in those early years! Here is a simple, parent friendly chart to glance at if you are wondering whether or not your child should be using a specific sound yet!

(These speech sound “norms” were taken from the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation-2)

Initial Position= First sound of the word 

Medial Position= Middle sound of the word

Final Position= Ending sound of the word

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(At the age shown 85% of children will correctly produce the target sound.)

(One example is given for each section)

Age Initial Position Medial Position Final Position
2 b,d,h,m,n,p b,m,n m,p
3 f,g,k,t,w f,g,k,ng,p,t b,d,g,k,n,t
4 kw d f
5 ch,j,l,s,sh,y,bl ch, j, l, s, sh, z l,ng,ch,j,s,sh,r,v,z
6 r,v,br,dr,fl,fr,gl,gr,kl,kr,pl,st,tr r,v  
7 z,sl,sp,sw,th th th
 

speechsonds2If you notice your child is missing a lot of the age appropriate speech sounds, talk to your pediatrician or call your local School District for further testing! Early speech intervention can save headache in the later years.

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12 thoughts on “What Speech Sounds Should My Child Be Using???

  1. Sara says:

    Great article – I was worried that my 4 year old might be delayed because she’s not 100% intelligible. But it turns out the sounds she mispronounces are normal for her age per the pediatrician!

  2. Meagan says:

    I love this article! We just did a series on speech as well and our parents loved it. There are so many parents and kids out there who could benefit from this. I love how you included a chart and the milestones as a guide for parents. Pinned it for or parents!

  3. Katie says:

    Thanks for this!!! I have been worried about my 20 month old speech. She does all these sounds and more! I will be referencing this in the future! Thanks for sharing!

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