The Speech/Language Pathologist at MacArthur Early Childhood Center is very active in the screening process of the 3, 4, and 5 year olds in the community. Once a child has been screened, she determines if a speech/language evaluation is warranted. If it is determined that an evaluation is needed, the Speech/Language Pathologists will conduct the evaluation. After the evaluation is completed, all those involved in the evaluation meet with the parents to determine if the child is eligible for speech/language therapy. The Speech/Language Pathologists will then provide therapy to those children. Therapy may then be held in the classroom and/or a therapy room.
One year old children should be able to understand a variety of words and should be using a few single words.
By age two, words should be combined into two and three word phrases and sentences.
Between the ages of three and five, children learn to carry on a conversation, ask and answer questions, follow and give directions, and speak alone in the presence of a group. These are important skills to success in kindergarten.