Language development in preschool children

August 13, 2015

Le développement langagier

When it comes to language development in very young children, the key point to remember is that each child follows his or her own language acquisition pace. This pace varies greatly, and development is gradual. Do not worry if your child has not shown one of the indicators from the table opposite.
However, if you have concerns about your child’s language development or if several indicators seem to be missing for his or her age, we recommend that you consult a speech-language pathologist.

Early treatment can help avoid or reduce possible consequences such as behaviour or learning problems when the child reaches school age.

The role of the speech-language pathologist is to prevent, assess, and treat speech and language disorders. During the consultation, he or she will assess your child’s communication and language skills. This will enable him or her to determine whether your child requires speech-language therapy.

The table opposite outlines language development steps by age group (0–5 years old).

Language development indicators

Language Development Indicators - Understanding

Language Development Indicators - Expression