How Understandable Should A 3 Year Old Be? | Pediatric Therapy Tv

Pediatric Speech Pathologist details the speech and language development for a 3 year old.  She answers a question from a concerned mother about her child’s speech.

In This Video You Will Learn:

  • What ages speech should be understandable
  • When to be concerned
  • What to look out for in regards to your child’s speech

Video Transcription:

Announcer: From Chicago’s leading experts in pediatrics to a worldwide audience, this is Pediatric Therapy TV, where we provide experience and innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Now your host, here’s Robyn. Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I am your host, Robyn Ackerman. Today I’m standing with speech and language pathologist Meghan Grant. Meghan, we have a question from one of our viewers. Katie from Chicago wants to know, “I can understand my 3-year-old son perfectly, but my friends and strangers never seem to know what he is saying. Should I be worried?” Meghan: That’s a great question. Parents are excellent at understanding exactly what their child wants or needs even though others may have a difficult time comprehending what the child is saying. It is important to know that speech development is acquired over a range of ages. For a 3-year-old it is expected that they have mastered certain speech sounds, but at this age new sounds are beginning to emerge and develop as well. Concerns arise when the child is having difficulties progressing with the speech development and others are noticing that they are just having difficulties within various contexts as well. Some things to look out for are consonant substitutions, distortions, and omissions; essentially, if the child is leaving off certain speech sounds in connected speech or if they seem to be substituting other sounds in their speech as well. Something else to look out for as well is when your child becomes frustrated. If you see that they are becoming anxious and upset when communicating, that is usually a red flag to us. Also, watch for repetition. If you are constantly asking your child to repeat, or others are asking your child to repeat what they have said, that is typically a good time to meet with a speech language pathologist to receive further assessment. Robyn: Great. Thank you very much, Meghan, and thank you, Katie, for submitting your question. And remember, keep on blossoming. Announcer: This has been Pediatric Therapy TV, where we bring peace of mind to your family with the best in educational programming. To subscribe to our broadcast, read our blogs, or learn more, visit our website at That’s

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