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Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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2740 College Avenue
Conway, AR 72034

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Frisco, TX 75033

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1900 Aldersgate Road 
Little Rock, AR 72205

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4901 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118 

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301 N Sidney Ave 
Russellville, AR 72801

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1540 Country Club
Sherwood, AR 72120 

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Milestones

As your child grows, their ability to communicate becomes more and more important. Below are some milestone tips for your 4 year old from a speech therapist:

 

  • Carries on a conversation of increased length and complexity
    • Your child should begin to tell you “stories” about their day using detailed sentences of increased length. They may include names of friends and activities they did. They might tell you the letter of the week at school and talk about what they had for lunch.
    • You and your child should begin to have simple back and forth conversations. A great place to practice this is while you are in the car driving or around the dinner table. Ask them about things they are seeing, or who they played with at school. This is an exciting time where you are able to get a glimpse into their day and what they are thinking. You may need to start the conversation with “I had a great day today! What did you do today? Can you tell me about it?”
  • Unfamiliar listeners should understand your child
    • Like at the age of three, unfamiliar listeners should be able to understand what your child is communicating. If it is hard for others to understand your child, ask your pediatrician to refer you to a speech language pathologist in order to assess if your child needs speech therapy in order to remediate speech sounds. Some speech sounds in error at this age may be developmentally appropriate, however, if your child is hard to understand speech therapy may be necessary. 
  • Knows colors, letters, and numbers
    • Your child should start to be able to name and recognize most colors, letters, and numbers.
    • If your child is struggling, start with the letters in their name. You can practice with magnet letters, crayons, and simple things around your house.
    • Play simple games with matching tiles or Candy land where you can practice identifying and naming colors. This is also a great activity to practice turn taking!
  • Tells you what they think will happen next in a book
    • While you are reading a book or telling stories, your child should start to anticipate what they think will happen next. Give your child an opportunity to express their thoughts out loud while reading. 
      • Example: “Wow, what do you think little Blue Truck will do next?
      • Even if their prediction was incorrect encourage them! “I liked your idea, that was good thinking!”
      • If your child isn’t to that level yet, there are still ways to make reading interactive with your child! Point to things that are happening, name items in pictures, narrate the actions (he is running, she is walking, they are looking). Giving your child exposure to stories and books is essential to language development and teaches your child so much!
      • Much like in conversations with your child they should start to be able to answer some simple “wh” questions about what is happening (who, what, where, when, why). Ask your child some of these questions while you are reading. Below are some good examples:
        • Who is in the story?
        • What happened to __?
        • Why were they sad/happy/mad?
        • Where did the character go?
  • Sings Simple Songs by Memory
    • Your child may start to sing songs they know by memory. Use this time to let your child be the ‘teacher’ and teach you some songs they know. This encourages recall skills and is a great learning opportunity!
      • Example: Can you teach me a song you sing at school? Miss Tasha said you guys have been singing a new song!
    • If your child is nonverbal, or is still in the process of learning these skills, encourage them to use the signs they know, or sing with them to encourage engagement. 
  • Understands “same” and “different”
    • Your child is beginning to notice details around them and should start to be able to tell whether something is the same or different. A great way to practice this skill in everyday life is to ask them “how is a ____ and ___ the same?” or how are you and your friend the same? Or different?
      • Example: “How are a banana and an apple the same? You’re right! They are both fruits!”
      • Example: “How are you and Anna the same? You are both girls that’s right! What makes you different?” (eye color/skin color/ height, etc). 
      • A great way to practice this is by playing matching games. You can practice this skill by flipping over two cards and asking them if they are the same or different. 
  • Produces rhyming words
    • Children around this age are becoming more aware of words and their meanings. They are starting to identify words that sound similar and say something like “hat and cat- they sound the same!” Encourage this by saying “You are right! They rhyme! Can you think of other words that sound like “hat” and “cat?”
      • You can also practice this skill by presenting two words to your child and seeing if they can tell you if they match or not. 

This age is very fun for parents as you begin to see your child really express themselves and become more independent in their communication with themselves and others! Encourage your child by providing rich language environments. Here are some great activities that encourage language growth:

  • Reading
  • Play time with toys (without batteries or screens is preferred)
  • Playing games (matching games, candy land, simple turn taking)
  • Talking in the car about things around you
  • Singing familiar songs
  • Talk about your day with your child around the dinner table
  • While at the grocery store, ask them various questions about what you are buying, where do you find things, how are things similar/different etc.
For more milestone tips, go to our Milestone Moments: 4 Years Old page or visit Milestones Videos to see some of these milestone moments.