Let's start this group out with the topic of 'Assessing Your Child's Speech'!
There are 18 basic sounds a child needs to know before the age of 8 years. Each of these sounds should be properly modeled during the first few years of a child's life, before sounds are developed. As a child hears sounds properly modeled, pronunciation will greatly improve in some children by simply hearing the sounds.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Make sure you read books to your child that focus on the basic sounds a child needs to learn. You can also get the book called, 'Sammy Learns To Talk', which targets all the basic sounds in the beginning and ending positions. Have the child first listen to you say these sounds then repeat after you. Depending on the child's age make note which sounds are on schedule and which sounds need work. (See the Sound Chart at www.speakwithmebooks.com)
Have your child repeat the sounds after you. However, a lot of times children don't perform normally when they know others are watching and assessing them. It seems more natural to have them repeat while they are participating in a normal activity like reading a book.
Any questions on assessing your child's speech?