Understand the skills of your young child
The development of receptive (listening) and expressive (speaking) language in very young children is important because oral language has a measurable impact on the acquisition of literacy skills in later years.
In our Guide from Birth - 6 Years, we have outlined the behaviors and skills that preschoolers should demonstrate, at specific ages, to help you understand how language and communication develops in typical children.
Every child is unique and therefore the rate of development may vary between siblings or peers. It is also possible that a child may not reach a developmental milestone until the upper end of the specified age range. As a parent, you would want to note whether your child is missing just one behavior, or several, within any age bracket. This might indicate the need for an assessment to determine whether or not your child has a language-based learning disability. You’ll want to talk with your child’s medical professional or teacher about your concerns. Bring the developmental checklist along with you. Together you can begin to answers your questions.
A Guide from Birth to 6 years1
1 "Early Language and Literacy Development: A Guide from Birth to 6 years." The content was extracted from First Steps in Communication, a language "wheel" co-created by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and UCLL in 2003 and updated by UCLL in 2010. You can order the Wheel from UCLL by phone 734-764-8440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (sample below).