This is the time of year for REFERRALS. Many parents wonder whether their student is saying words “normally” (especially in kindergarten!). For a review of normal speech development, CLICK HERE to see a post about which sounds can be expected at particular ages.

If you’re unsure about which sounds your child has difficulty with, I have found a solution!

Mommy Speech Therapy has developed a FREE articulation screener, which you can print out and use at home.

The directions are simple:

  1. Print the pages
  2. Have your child name each picture on the page
  3. Mark down what they say
  4. Count up the errors
  5. Check the chart on the screener to see if your child is developing typically, or if they might need some help from a speech therapist.
  6. If you are worried after doing the screening, bring the results to your child’s school speech therapist and ask her or him to check in with your child at school.

I’d recommend showing your child the pictures and recording their answers, and then going back to mark the form while listening to the recording. It will make it much easier to focus on the specific sounds your child is making. Your smartphone probably has an app for that. 🙂

CLICK HERE for the free articulation screener.