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May 21, 2015

Is my child ready for preschool?

Posted by: childandfamily

Preschool is a wonderful introduction to the school setting. Fun, play, and academics are incorporated to prepare your young child for the increased academic demands of kindergarten and elementary school. 

Based on the standards and expectations expressed by the North Carolina State Board of Education, a preschooler should be have the following receptive and expressive language skills:

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RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE 

  • understand sentences of increasing length and complexity, including past, present, and future tenses
  • understand a growing number of words
  • attend for longer periods of time, such as when books are read, people are telling stories, and during conversations
  • consistently answer questions and follow two-step directions
  • understand and talk about feelings, ideas, information, and beliefs
  • understand non-verbal communication, such as gestures and facial expressions

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE 

  • use verbal and nonverbal language to communicate for a variety of purposes
  • use language in pretend play 
  • use language to make and keep friends 
  • follow a conversation by asking a question or making a comment
  • communicate using appropriate inflection, tone of voice, and expression
  • use more and more complex language forms, grammar, and vocabulary

A pediatric speech-language therapy evaluation can determine existing and emerging skills.  

All of our therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

Contact our office to get started