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You're child's first words are a glorious occurrence. But what happens in the months and years that follow? As your child moves through the crucial speech years of 3 to 5 just how articulate should they be? How can you know how well your little one is progressing. The following guide should give you the help you need...

By age 3
At three years of age a child should be able to attempt a broad range of sounds and words, although many of them will be less than perfectly pronounced. They should also be able to put two or possibly three words together. Additionally, they should be able to use words to convey what they feel and want e.g. Refusing more dinner.

By age 4
At four years of age a child should be able to comprehend most of what a parent says to them. They should also have the ability to understand concepts such as size, colour and past tense. In terms of their speech they should be able to form the majority of sounds properly, although most children will struggle with the odd sound or two.

By age 5
At five years of age a child should be fully understandable and only occasionally make basic mistakes. Grammatically, they may not be of a high standard but this shouldn't effect their legibility. They should be able to form sentences comprising at least four or five words and have the capacity to tell their own stories.

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