Children develop speech sounds at different rates, but most children will broadly follow a similar pattern. Learning to use the right sounds in the right places is difficult! It is normal for children to replace some of the more difficult sounds with sounds which are easier to say.
These errors often follow a regular pattern, and are nothing to worry about if they are appropriate for the age of the child. Some children will follow this pattern of errors, but might continue to do this for longer than expected. Some children’s speech development does not follow the normal patterns, and their speech may be harder to understand.
Working directly on specific speech sounds is not usually recommended, unless your child has been diagnosed with specific speech sound difficulties and you are working on targets set by your child’s Speech and Language Therapist. However, all children will benefit from learning speech sound awareness skills.
*Click here* to download the development of speech sounds leaflet.
*Click here* to download the speech sound awareness skills leaflet.