Does My Preschooler Have a Language Problem?

Use these developmental milestones for indications that your child might show signs of auditory processing problems.


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Three to Four Years

• The child can hear and understand at increasing distances from the source of a sound.

• He or she understands questions such as “who,” “what,” and “where.”

Social interactions with other children become more important.

• The child listens to longer stories.

• Attention span increases at this age.

• The child can now link two separate pieces of information into one.

A three- to- four-year-old is a very busy little person. Children of this age get involved with other children more as play becomes increasingly interactive, especially outside at the playground. They also like “helping” around the house. Because she is around other children more, your child will hear and say things she’s never heard or said before and begin to tell stories. Her fine motor skill development has progressed, so she can play games with smaller pieces. Simple board games and drawing and coloring become favorite activities.

Next Childhood Development Stage: Four to Five Years

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