Child Speech and Language from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

Typical Speech and Language Development from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

Suggestions for Parents from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

In early elementary grades (K-2)

  • Talk with your child frequently
  • Read a variety of books; read often and talk with your child about the story
  • Help your child focus on sound patterns of words such as those found in rhyming games
  • Have your child retell stories and talk about events of the day
  • Talk with your child during daily activities; give directions for your child to follow (e.g., making cookies)
  • Talk about how things are alike and different
  • Give your child reasons and opportunities to write

In later elementary grades (3-5)

  • Continue to encourage reading; find reading material that is of interest to your child
  • Encourage your child to form opinions about what he or she hears or reads and relate what is read to experiences
  • Help your child make connections between what is read and heard at school, at home, and in other
    daily activities
  • Talk aloud as you help your child understand and solve problems encountered in reading material
  • Help your child recognize spelling patterns, such as beginnings and endings of words
    (e.g., pre- or -ment)
  • Encourage your child to write letters, keep a diary, or write stories

 

Children's Books to Target Language Development 

Children's Books to Target Speech Sounds