Speech sounds...when should my child make each sound correctly?

Over the past few weeks Sound has been out in the community conducting speech and hearing screenings. One of the most common questions we receive is "When should my child make all their speech sounds correctly?" A few years ago we dedicated a blog post to speech sound development, and thought it was time to draw attention to articulation again in our blog.

For most parents, teachers, and even other medical professionals, it is hard to know if the sounds being heard are developmentally appropriate, or if the (adorable) speech is teetering into an articulation delay. We put together a "cheat sheet" to know the ages at which we expect mastery of each consonant sound in English. If you ever have questions or concerns, we always encourage reaching out to an SLP to schedule an evaluation.


Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!