Belinda Buckley speech & language therapist

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A five-year-old child

  • Is cooperative with peers, understanding the need for fair play
  • Engages in dramatic make-believe play, particularly with peers
  • Uses language as main means of communicating
  • Holds conversation easily on number of topics with variety of people
  • Shows mature attention and listening; can be taught in a classroom; easily integrates what somebody says with what she is doing
  • Understands most grammatical structures; continuing to develop an understanding of more complex sentences (for example, ‘The cow was pushed by the horse’, ‘the boy who is standing next to the shortest girl is the one who’s got all the biscuits ’)
  • Understands and responds appropriately to ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ questions
  • Follows complicated stories without the need for pictures
  • Able to express self clearly on most occasions, reflecting a vocabulary that consists of thousands of words
  • Able to define words according to function (for example a car is for driving)
  • Tells stories including an evaluation in terms of how characters felt or what their intentions were; starts to make predictions
  • Uses pronouns (e.g. he, she, it) and articles (a, an, the) correctly when telling stories
  • Starts to ask questions using ‘When?’
  • Continues to make grammatical errors (for example, ‘My feets are cold’)
  • Speech is clear to familiar and unfamiliar listeners; possible difficulty pronouncing ‘th’, ‘ch’, ‘j’, ‘v’