Welcome to Mrs. Youngbauer's Speech and Language Page.

This page was designed to provide parents with information and resources to create a home therapy plan for their kids. Whether your child needs practice with speech sounds or with language use, you'll find everything you need here.

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  • Articulation is the production of speech sounds. Every child will develop speech sounds at his or her own pace. Early developing sounds included; h, w, m, n, b, p, f, d, t, y, k, and g. These sounds should be developed by age 4. Later sounds, such as; ng, r, l, s, v, z, sh, ch, th, j, zh, and blended sounds, are later developing and sometimes will not be mastered until age 7. For more specific speech sound development data please see link Speech Sound Development Chart
  • Click on the link for Articulation-Speech Sounds for picture flashcards containing speech sounds in the initial and final postion of words. Use these cards to play games such as go fish, memory, or hide and seek with your child while practicing correct speech sound production.


  • Vocabulary development: 2 years old; child should have 200-300 word vocabulary, 3 years old; child should have 900-1,000 word vocabulary, 4 years old; child should have 1,500-1,600 word vocabulary, 5 years old (by kindergarten); child should have 2,100-2,200 word vocabulary. For more specific language development data please see link Language Development.
  • Language can be divided into several different aspects. Receptive language consists of what a child understands when he or she hears or reads them. Expressive language consists of the words that a child uses when he or she speaks.
  • Language can be divided further into form, content, and use. Form consists of word order and grammar patterns. Content consists of the words used and their meaning. And use consists of the social rules of language in context.
  • When children work on expanding both their receptive and expressive language they will often work on the following skills; labeling antonyms and synonyms, identifying categories and members, identifying or providing definitions for multiple meaning words, or organizing language-sequencing.
  • Click on the Language link to find picture flashcards designed to increase your child's vocabulary development. Use the flashcards to identify functions, antonyms/synonyms, categories, or try to use the word in a phrase or sentence.

Phonological Awareness

  • Phonological awareness is a critical element in developing language skills as well as reading skills. With good sounds awareness kids are able to decode what they are reading and sound out, with great accuracy, words that they are stuck on.
  • There are several elements involved in phonological awareness including: Rhyming, segmenting, isolation, deletion, substitution, and blending. Much like language development, phonological awareness development can vary. Generally by age 4-5 a child should be able to segment syllables, blend syllables, delete syllables, and identify rhymes. By age 6-7 a child should be able to generate rhymes, judge and categorize rhymes, blend phonemes, and segment phonemes. By age 7+ a child should be able to manipulate syllables, delete phonemes, and manipulate phonemes. Please see link Phonological Awareness Developmentfor more information.
  • Click the Phonological Awareness link to find more information on how to practice

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