Speech

Curious about your child’s speech and language development and what is appropriate? This chart provides some milestones.

Stuttering, hoarseness and disinterest in communicating are not part of normal development.

The ability to produce speech sounds, known as phonetic development, also occurs over time. Some speech sounds, such as v, r and th are not expected to be pronounced correctly until a child is 5, 6 or even 8 years old. See this Phonetic Development chart.

If you are concerned about your child’s speech or development you should talk to:

  • Your pediatrician
  • Connecticut’s Birth to Three program, if under the age of three
  • Southington Public Schools Special Education department, if three or older

For more information about these services, check out the Special Needs section of our Town Resources page.

Want to learn more? Here is a list of resources that are on the American Speech Language Hearing Association Website: