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SPEECH SOUND DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST

Instructions: Answer all questions up to your childs current age bracket , by answering yes or
no.
Interpretation: If you tick 2 or more boxes with a yes seek therapy or contact Kid Sense
Child Development on 1300 660 067.
Does your child have difficulty with:

AGE

Skill

Yes

No

0-6
months

Making cooing sounds.


Turning towards sounds.
Responding with eye contact when they hear an adult talking or
when making sounds.

6-12 months

Making cooing sounds.


Turning towards sounds.
Responding with eye contact when they hear an adult talking or
when making sounds.
Babbling.
Repeating sounds (e.g. mamama).

1-2 years

Turning towards sounds.


Repeating sounds (e.g. mamama).
Babbling
Responding with eye contact when they hear an adult talking or
when making sounds.
Saying the following sounds in words /p/, /b/, /h/, /m/, /n/,
/w/.

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2-3
years

Age

Skill

Yes

No

Saying the following sounds in words / p/, /b/, /h/, /m/, /n/,
/w/, /k/, /g/, /t/, /d/, ng.

4-5 years

3-4 years

Saying the following sounds in words /p/, /b/, /h/, /m/, /n/,
/w/, /k/, /g/, /t/, /d/, ng, /r/, /l/, /s/, ch, sh, /z/, y, /f/.
Saying sounds made with no voice (i.e. replaces them with voiced
sounds - e.g. car becomes gar, tea becomes dea).
Producing sounds made with a long airflow (i.e. replaces these
with sounds made with a stopped airflow - e.g. sea becomes
tea, shoe becomes to).
Producing sounds at the end of words (e.g. tap = ta).
Producing sounds made with the tongue hitting the back of the
mouth (e.g. /k/ and /g/) and replaces these with sounds made at
the front of the mouth (e.g. /t/ and /d/) so car becomes tar,
key becomes tea.
Saying the sh sound (e.g. t he tongue is moved forward in the
mouth so the sh sound becomes a /s/ sound).
Saying the following sounds in words - /p/, /b/, /h/, /m/, /n/, /w/,
/k/, /g/, /t/, /d/, ng, /r/, /l/, /s/, ch, sh, /z/, y, /f/, j, /v/.
Saying sounds made with no voice (i.e. replaces them with voiced
sounds - e.g. car becomes gar, tea becomes dea).
Producing sounds made with a long airflow (i.e. replaces these
with sounds made with a stopped airflow - e.g. sea becomes
tea, shoe becomes to).
Producing sounds at the end of words (e.g. tap = ta).
Producing sounds made with the tongue hitting the back of the
mouth (e.g. /k/ and /g/) and replaces these with sounds made at
the front of the mouth (e.g. /t/ and /d/) so car becomes tar,
key becomes tea.
Saying the sh sound (e.g. t he tongue is moved forward in the
mouth so the sh sound becomes a /s/ sound).
Saying longer words and non-stressed syllables are deleted from
words (e.g. elephant becomes ephant).
Producing words appropriately where the whole word is influenced
by the presence of a particular sound in the word (e.g. dog
become gog).
Producing c lusters of consonants in words (i.e. clusters of
consonant sounds are reduced by one or more consonants - e.g.
brick becomes bick, straw becomes draw).

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Age

Skill

Yes

No

5-6 years

Saying the following sounds in words - /p/, /b/, /h/, /m/, /n/, /w/,
/k/, /g/, /t/, /d/, ng, /r/, /l/, /s/, ch, sh, /z/, y, /f/, j, /v/.
Saying sounds made with no voice (i.e. replaces them with voiced
sounds - e.g. car becomes gar, tea becomes dea).
Producing sounds made with a long airflow (i.e. replaces these
with sounds made with a stopped airflow - e.g. sea becomes
tea, shoe becomes to).
Producing sounds at the end of words (e.g. tap = ta).
Producing sounds made with the tongue hitting the back of the
mouth (e.g. /k/ and /g/) and replaces these with sounds made at
the front of the mouth (e.g. /t/ and /d/) so car becomes tar,
key becomes tea.
Saying the sh sound (e.g. the tongue is moved forward in the
mouth so the sh sound becomes a /s/ sound).
Saying longer words and non-stressed syllables are deleted from
words (e.g. elephant becomes ephant).
Producing words appropriately where the whole word is influenced
by the presence of a particular sound in the word (e.g. dog
become gog).
Producing c lusters of consonants in words (i.e. clusters of
consonant sounds are reduced by one or more consonants - e.g.
brick becomes bick, straw becomes draw).
Producing affricate sounds including sh, ch and j and replaces
these sounds with fricative sounds (e.g. sh, /s/, /z/ or ) or the
/t/ or /d/ sound.

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Age

Skill

Yes

No

7-8 years

6-7 years

Saying the following sounds in words - /p/, /b/, /h/, /m/, /n/, /w/,
/k/, /g/, /t/, /d/, ng, /r/, /l/, /s/, ch, sh, /z/, y, /f/, j, /v/, th
Saying sounds made with no voice (i.e. replaces them with voiced
sounds - e.g. car becomes gar, tea becomes dea).
Producing sounds made with a long airflow (i.e. replaces these
with sounds made with a stopped airflow - e.g. sea becomes
tea, shoe becomes to).
Producing sounds at the end of words (e.g. tap = ta).
Producing sounds made with the tongue hitting the back of the
mouth (e.g. /k/ and /g/) and replaces these with sounds made at
the front of the mouth (e.g. /t/ and /d/) so car becomes tar,
key becomes tea.
Saying the sh sound (e.g. the tongue is moved forward in the
mouth so the sh sound becomes a /s/ sound).
Saying longer words and non-stressed syllables are deleted from
words (e.g. elephant becomes ephant).
Producing words appropriately where the whole word is influenced
by the presence of a particular sound in the word (e.g. dog
become gog).
Producing c lusters of consonants in words (i.e. clusters of
consonant sounds are reduced by one or more consonants - e.g.
brick becomes bick, straw becomes draw).
Producing affricate sounds including sh, ch and j and replaces
these sounds with fricative sounds (e.g. sh, /s/, /z/ or ) or the
/t/ or /d/ sound.
Saying the /l/ and the /r/ sounds (i.e. replaces them with the /w/
or the y sound).
Saying the voiceless th sound (as in thank you) (i.e. replaces it
with a /f/ sound).
Saying the voiced th sound (as in with) (i.e. replaces it with a
/v/ sound).
Saying the /l/ and the /r/ sounds (i.e. replaces them with the /w/
or the y sound).

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