5 Year Old Speech Milestones – Language Development Norms

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

There's so much material for kids to absorb in school, and even more learning that takes place within the home during play in their formative years. Each day is full of new lessons and discoveries they don't even realize they're learning – and you might not notice it either! But by taking a step back to look at the big picture, parents can assess how their child's language has progressed and how they compare to the typical milestones for their age.

Here, we've put together a list of research-based 'norms' for 5 year olds which you can make note of:

A Typical 5 Year Old:

  • Tells stories that have a plot

  • Understands first, middle, last

  • Uses language to invite others to play or to resolve disputes

  • Begins to understand left/right