At 5 years children can usually…

  • follow three part instructions (e.g., put on your shoes, get your backpack and line up outside)
  • understand time related words (e.g., ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘now’ and ‘later’)
  • start thinking about the meaning of words when learning
  • understand instructions without stopping to listen
  • begin to recognise some letters, sounds and numbers.
  • use well formed sentences to be understood by most people
  • take turns in increasingly longer conversations
  • tell simple, short stories with beginning, middle and end
  • use past and future verbs correctly (e.g., ‘went’, ‘will go’)
  • use most speech sounds, but still may have difficulties with ‘s’, ‘r’, ‘l’ and ‘th’.

Speech Pathology Australia. (2019) Communication Milestones. [online] Available https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au [Accessed 29th July 2019]

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