3 Year Old Speech Pathology Child Checklist

A 3 year old may need to see a speech pathologist if he/she:

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Is stuttering (repeating sounds or words or prolonging sounds)

Is not understood by unfamiliar listeners

Gets frustrated by not being understood

Is not correctly producing all of the following sounds:
p, b, m, w, t, d, n, k, g, h, y, f, s

Is not able to follow a two part instruction
(eg “Go to the kitchen and get your milk”)

Is not able to participate in conversations

Is not putting 3 to 6 words together in a sentence

Does not ask ‘why’ questions

Does not answer “wh” questions

Echoes back questions rather than answering them

Is not able to talk about something that happened yesterday or last week

Is not using basic grammar
(eg ‘dressing’ & ‘dressed’, ‘eating’ & ‘ate’, ‘toy’ & ‘toys’)

Is not using ‘little’ words such as ‘is’, ‘are’, ‘the’, ‘an’, ‘on’, ‘in’, etc

Doesn’t know a large number of words
(3 year olds typically have around 800 words in their vocabulary, including verbs, nouns and adjectives)

Is not enjoying social interactions with peers