Speech & Language Developmental Milestones

From 4 to 5 Years Old


Expressive Language Skills

grammar becomes more and more like that of an adult

uses because, beside, around, between

continues to increase vocabulary

identifies noun-verb violations - Rocks eat!

has about 2000 to 2500 or more words in his repertoire

pronounces just about all the speech sounds

continues to improve articulation

Receptive Language Skills

understands most of what she hears at home and in school

listens to short stories

answers simple questions about it

follows three-step directions - Hang up your jacket, get a book and sit in the reading corner.

understands temporal concepts - yesterday, today, tomorrow

Little boy developing typical speech and language at Canto Speech Therapy Online
Little boy developing articualtion skills at Canto Speech Therapy Online
Child developing speech language skills at Canto Speech Therapy Online

Two boys with arm around shoulders developing social communication at Canto Speech Therapy Online

Your child's overall social language skills will improve.

He'll use indirect language for requests.

He'll be able to give hints and even tell little jokes!

There may be a speech sound or two that he hasn't quite mastered.

He'll have essentially learned all the rules of the language.

He'll even be able to talk about the language. Vocabulary will continue to expand for years.

He'll continue to learn new and different ways of saying things.

Interested in knowing how far your child has developed his speech skills? Check out any of the earlier stages to compare what she was saying to what she is now!   

If you feel that your child’s speech is not where it should be, you might consider talking with a certified speech language pathologist.  He or she will be able to help you discern if an assessment and/or speech-language therapy is necessary.

Sometimes discussing your concerns may relieve a bit of your anxiety.

Click Let’s Talk if you would like to set up a time to speak with one of our speech language pathologists.

And remember not to wait too long to contact a professional. As time moves forward the language gap between your child and his peers will only continue to get larger.  

Help your child gain these skills - because the power of speech lasts a lifetime!