Developmental Milestones & Online Checklists
SpeechNet has a growing number of at home assessments and developmental milestones checklists suited for parents and educators. The checklists are easy and quick to use and can be completed in your own time. If you are concerned or have a question about your child's speech and language development please feel free to send your question through our contact page and a speech therapist will answer.
Top Talk Spoken Word Counter
Find out how many words YOUR child Uses with Top Talk Spoken Word Counter.
The Top Talk Spoken Word Counter will not only tell you how many words your child uses but breaks the results down further by sorting them into word categories (e.g, action words, describing words, things). This is very important information. If your child does not use words in all categories their talking and sentences may not develop as would be expected for their age. The Online Word Counter has VIDEO & PICTURE Prompts you can use to see if your child knows the word! Over 500+ Words in 17 Categories
Free Imitation Skills Checklists
Why find out if your Toddler's Imitation Skills are on track?
Imitation is a pre-speech skill that has been found to be important for young children's later development of speech, language, memory and a variety of social-cognitive skills. This checklist can assist you to reflect on your child’s imitation skills. Understanding your child’s strengths and areas that could be boosted ensures you are providing the most ideal, fun and effective learning environment you can use in your every day interactions with your child.
Free Attention Skills Checklists
Why find out if your Toddler's Attention Skills are on track?
Attention skills are one of the key Pre-speech and learning skills. Researchers have found links between attention skills and early expressive language, comprehension, and fine motor skills; as well as in emotions, concentration, behaviour, and relationships (Marin-Mendez, 2016). Much of the literature suggests early support is recommended for children showing reduced attention and joint attention concerns.
Parent Communication Style Checklists
Why is your Communication Style Important?
The FOCUS is always on the child’s level of development. But the parent too also needs to be aware of their input to the child (Infant-Directed Speech). Parents & Carers are the child’s most important teachers when it comes to speech, language and literacy development. It is not only the quantity of talking to a child but also what is said and asked during interactions 1. Research has also shown that the Infant-Directed speech is best when the talk is in synchrony with the child as this interactive loop plays an important role in infants' cognitive and social development 2.
Free Pretend Play Milestone Checklists
Why find out if your Toddler's Pretend Play Skills are on track?
Informs Parents of what kind of play and toys to offer the child:
If parents are aware of the stages and ages of the different types of pretend play they can adapt their play to match where a child’s play skills are at. By playing at the same stage and just one step ahead of your child’s play developmental level you will provide fantastic learning opportunities – Opportunities to boost social skills, understanding and speaking!
Helps to observe if social play with friends is developing “Ok”
Pretend play lays the foundations to play with others in socially appropriate ways. It can build co-operation and empathy skills (caring about how others feel) skills. Completing the checklist can inform parents as to why a child a seeking out particular types of play situations. Young children tend to play “next to” or “parrellel” to their peers. However if this type of play stagnates, valuable social skill development can also stop in it’s tracks. Parents can use the Play Checklist as a starting block to see if the kind of play a child is engaging in is still “OK” for the child’s age.
Late talking and Autism can be linked to reduced or atypical play skills Reduced
(e.g., no interest in toys or interactional play) or unusual (e.g., restricted, repetitive play e.g,, lining toys up) can be early flags of delayed development. Play is considered a “foundation skill” for language and learning. Monitoring play skills from an early age helps to identify areas to boost to minimise or reduce potential developmental difficulties.
Free Speech Sound Checklists
Why find out if your Child's Sound Skills are on track?
Keeping an eye on speech clarity ensures that your child’s speech is developmentally on track. Speech clarity refers to how well adults and children can understand your child’s speech. Speech clarity can be affected if speech delays or disorders are present. Being able to produce sounds, words and sentences which are clear and can be easily understood and interpreted by others is vital. Clear speech is needed in order to be able to express basic needs and wants, right through to being able to engage in lengthy conversations.