A child's communication skills are an integral part of their development. There are many aspects to a child's communication abilities. Receptive language refers to the ability to understand spoken words. Expressive language refers to the use of words and grammatical forms. Speech or articulation is the ability to use age-appropriate sounds and is often measured by a child's speech clarity or intelligibility. Monitoring a child's speech and language skills is very important as spoken language abilities, phonological (sound) awareness, and letter identification abilities in the preschool years are the best predictors of later reading ability as well as academic success.
The following are general guidelines to follow for speech and language development: