Sound Development

I thought I would re-post this….I have had lots of questions regarding sound development…hope this is helpful.

Parents will often ask me questions about sound acquisition.  This refers to the actual order of sound development.  Parents are curious to know when their little one should be producing a certain sound.  They also want to know if and when they should be worried with regard to a sound their child is mis-articulating.  For example, if your little one is three and she is struggling to make the TH sound….most likely she substitutes: F……not to worry….we give kids up until 8 to master this sound.  There are children that go to kindergarten saying: “I took a baf last night.”  This is typical.  


 Please look under the articulation page above for more detailed information regarding sound acquisition….you will find information specific to: when a child should begin saying a certain sound…and when that sound should be mastered.

There are three rows listed below….the first row indicates sounds that are mastered first….the second row are sounds that would follow the sounds in the first row…and of course the sounds in the third row are the more difficult sounds in English and are mastered last….with TH being the last sound on the chart.

If your child is having speech concerns….look at this chart…print it…and circle the sounds she is having trouble with.  This will give you a good starting point when working with your little one.  Once you have decided the sound you are going to work on with your little one…use the strategies under the articulation page above to help your little one become a better communicator.  If you need help in deciding which sound to start off with…please post a reply and I would be happy to help.





P        B      M          H        W          Y         D         N


T       K         G     NG(ng as in sing)      F        V     CH        J


L            R        S          Z           SH             TH



If it is easier to just print the sounds without this entire post…please click on this link: sound acquisition

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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