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
(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|
|5||ch,j,l,s,sh,y,bl||ch, j, l, s, sh, z||l,ng,ch,j,s,sh,r,v,z|
If 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.