Speech and language are essential skills required for success and progress in future for every child. Development of speech and language takes place in an expected pattern.
By 5-6 years of age a child has a vocabulary of about 14,000 to 30,000 words and the child has good basic command over language. With progress of middle childhood children start thinking in more complex ways. For example a 5 year old can understand simple sentences whereas a 10 year old child can read and interpret complicated content within a paragraph. A 5 year old can write a few words or a simple sentence but a 10 year old can write complex stories and reports. By middle childhood (5-12 years) a child understands that one word can have more than one meaning like CORN can mean the cereal or the hard, painful growth on the skin. Likewise he or she understands that though HERE and HEAR sound the same they different meanings and different spellings.
Communication skill for 5-6 year-old child
Communication skill for 6-9 year-old child
Communication skill for 10-12 year old child
You can help language development of your child by reading together every day. This helps to maintain your child’s interest in reading and learning new words. Encourage your child to look at a picture and describe what they can see. This increases your child’s vocabulary and gives new ideas. Consult a physician if your child seems significantly behind in speech and language development.