Speech Sound Resources

Updated: Jan 27

Children learn how to say sounds by listening to the adults around them speak. The same way they learn language. Sounds are typically acquired in a certain order with some sounds being learned early (like "p" and "b") and some are learned later (like "th" and "r").  

When children are very young, it's also normal for them to change around the sounds in words, for example, they may say "wat" instead of "rat" and "tum" for "thumb." Yet, as they get older, their pronunciation of should be more accurate. (Download our simple chart below).

Sometimes kids don't simply outgrow this way of speaking or they don't learn how to say every sound correctly. These children may have a speech sound delay or disorder and might need some extra help.


Read about typical speech sound development here.


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Speech sounds development in children has been studied and speech therapists use this information to determine if a child is producing sounds adequately for their age. This evidence based chart can be used to determine if your child is producing the sounds they should be for their age.


Are you wondering what speech sounds your child should be saying at their age? Download our free and simple chart here.


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