Speech and Language Development Screener (4-5 Years)
The following questions are based on the milestone guidelines set by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Answering "no" to a question does not mean that your child has a speech or language delay or disorder, answering "no" to many or most of the questions may mean that further evaluation or a free in-person screener at Spark Therapies may be recommended to ensure your child is developing as they should be.
Please answer Yes or No to the following questions
What are voice, speech, and language?
Voice, speech, and language are the tools we use to communicate with each other.
Voice is the sound we make as air from our lungs is pushed between vocal folds in our larynx, causing them to vibrate.
Speech is talking, which is one way to express language. It involves the precisely coordinated muscle actions of the tongue, lips, jaw, and vocal tract to produce the recognizable sounds that make up language.
Language is a set of shared rules that allow people to express their ideas in a meaningful way. Language may be expressed verbally or by writing, signing, or making other gestures, such as eye blinking or mouth movements.
Hears and understands most of what is said at home and in school
Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about it
Expressive Language Section
Expressive Language is how a person communicates their wants and needs.
Uses sentences that give many details
Tells stories that stay on topic
Communicates easily with other children and adults
Uses rhyming words
Says most sounds correctly except for a few (l, s, r, v, z, ch, sh, and th)
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