Milestones: By the age of five

Chatting and mixing
Your child uses conversation to mix and make friends. They can start conversations with others and join in with group chat. They can take part in role play games with friends, for example imagining being cowboys, aliens, princesses or dinosaurs.

Talking with others also helps your child to get better at thinking and learning. Your five year old will be asking for things, giving opinions and discussing ideas and feelings. e.g. “Can we go to the park after school today: it’s a lovely sunny day and it will be fun.”

They should be able to give details that they know are important and will influence the listener. e.g. “Ahmed fell over that stone, Javid didn’t push him.”

Check it out
  • Look: Does your child join in games and pretend play with friends?
  • Listen: can your child make a bargain with you? Such as “If I eat my supper up, can I play before bedtime?”

Any concerns?
Remember all children are different and they develop at different rates. Chances are your five-year-old can do some of these things. This is normal.

If you are at all concerned about your child’s speaking and listening, reading, or writing development you should first talk to their teacher or headteacher. There are a number of reasons why your child may not be keeping up with the other children in their year and it is important you discuss this with their teacher. They may be able to provide you with some simple ways you can support your child or direct you on to more in depth help, if that is what is required.

If you still feel your child needs more support which they are not getting here are some organisations which may be able to help:

Talking Point - 0845 225 4071
Afasic - 0845 355 5577
SOS!SEN: Special Educational Needs - 020 8538 3731

IPSEA: Independent Parental Special Education Advice - 0800 018 4016

Contact a Family - 0808 808 3555

I CAN - 020 7843 2544

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