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When should strangers be able to understand my child's speech?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Comes in stages

Most kids will emerge as copycat talkers, trying to mimic what they hear. Clarity comes with repitition, gental redirection and eventual confidence.
About half what they say at 2 should be understood by strangers(3/4 by 3 and 95% by 4). Any kid that doesn't should be screened. School districts operate child find programs to get these caught up by school entry.

In brief: Comes in stages

Most kids will emerge as copycat talkers, trying to mimic what they hear. Clarity comes with repitition, gental redirection and eventual confidence.
About half what they say at 2 should be understood by strangers(3/4 by 3 and 95% by 4). Any kid that doesn't should be screened. School districts operate child find programs to get these caught up by school entry.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Cindy Williams
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Speech

By 3 years old. Children will still have speech immaturity, but you shouldn't have to 'translate'.
Take your child to the pediatrician, and see if they think s/he needs an evaluation by a speech therapist. Earlier intervention makes treatment much easier!

In brief: Speech

By 3 years old. Children will still have speech immaturity, but you shouldn't have to 'translate'.
Take your child to the pediatrician, and see if they think s/he needs an evaluation by a speech therapist. Earlier intervention makes treatment much easier!
Dr. Cindy Williams
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