4 Years

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What to expect

4 Years

A 4 year old child will usually have acquired the following as part of their speech and language development:


  • Has fully intelligible speech with correct use of grammar most of the time.
  • Will ask for the meanings of words and continuously use ‘how?', ‘when?' and ‘why?' questions.
  • Enjoys jokes.
  • Able to count up to 20.
  • Can sing several nursery rhymes correctly.
  • Adapts language to the listener.
  • Thinks silently and plans ahead.
  • Links sentences using ‘and' and ‘but'.
  • Uses both future and past tenses.
  • Follows complicated commands.

Play and social

  • Well-developed imaginative play including dressing-up.
  • Can be boastful and bossy.
  • Likes to be independent.
  • Able to cooperate and plan games with others.
  • May argue with other children, continuing to learn how to share.
  • Illustrates a sense of humour when talking.
  • Understands turn-taking.
  • Caring over younger siblings and shows sympathy towards other children who are upset.

Eating, drinking and swallowing

  • Eats the same food as adults.
  • Chewing accompanied by grinding movement.

If you have any concerns regarding your child's speech and language development, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 0885 643.

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