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Speech Sound Development Norms

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We get many questions regarding children’s articulation errors from parents.  Eligibility for speech therapy services for misarticulated sounds is based partly on the IA-NE Articulation Norms, which provides an evidence-based list of the ages in which most children acquire specific speech sounds.  The norms are based on gender and age; for example, girls typically acquire /l/ at the beginning of words by age 5, whereas boys may not acquire /l/ until age 6. If you have noticed that your child produces a sound incorrectly, feel free to use the following charts to see if your child’s errors are typical for their age.  If you notice that your child's speech sound errors are not appropriate for their age, you may contact the school to have your child screened by a speech-language pathologist.  If you have any other concerns regarding your child's speech-language development, please do not hesitate to contact a speech-language pathologist at Bennet Elementary.  

Elyse Moore, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jiree Wilson, M.S., CCC-SLP