Did you know that, when considering 'typical' speech sound development, by age 5 children should be understood by unfamiliar adults all of the time.
By 2 years of age children can be understood by familiar adults most of the time.
By 3 years of age children can be understood by unfamiliar adults most of the time.
By 4 years of age children can be understood by unfamiliar adults almost all of the time.
In considering this however, children do develop at different rates. If you are concerned about the clarity of your child's speech, a speech pathologist can help you determine if your child is developing appropriately, and can provide you with some strategies to assist with getting them on track.
Help your child learn how to say those sounds they are having trouble with by repeating them correctly as naturally as possible. For example, if your child says 'fwim' instead of 'swim', you say 'yes lets go for a swim'. Slighlty emphasise the 's' sound when you say 'swim'.
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