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Language Development in Preschool Children
A discussion on how cognitive development, peer group influence and speech sound disorders impact a child's language acquisition in the preschool years.
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The paper reviews several studies that highlight the three important issues of cognitive development, peer group influence and speech sound disorders, and how they affect language development in young children. The paper emphasizes the importance of language development in young children and asserts that parents and educators should be well aware of strategies and materials that can help them boost the language acquisition of preschool children.

Cognitive Development
Peer Group Language
Identifying Speech Sound Disorders

From the Paper:

"Seefeldt and Wasik (2006) note that cognitive development is directly related to a child's language acquisition in the preschool years. From the third year, a child's vocabulary begins to grow and expand. Towards 4 and 5 years of age, children begin to form more complex vocabulary utterances and syntactic structures, while at the same time also increasing the complexity of their cognitive abilities.
"The authors for example note that children at three years of age have acquired about 900 to 1,000 words, 90% of which listeners can understand. They can produce simple sentences, and language replaces non-verbal utterances for meeting their communicative needs. They can also interact verbally, responding to various questions and statements from others. During the third year, another verbal development is asking questions.
"As they develop cognitively, children begin to learn not only about meeting their own needs and expressing their thoughts, but also about their external environment. They use questioning to do so. Parents and educators can use this stage to help develop a pre-school child's language further. They can for example teach children complex questioning structures and ask questions in turn. By supplying answers, children then learn the value of language in cognitive interaction."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Palkhivala, A. (2007, Jun). Evaluating Speech Disorders. Retrieve from
  • Science Daily (2009, May 18). Preschoolers' Language Development is Partly Tied to their Classmates' Language Skills. Retrieved from
  • Seefeldt, C. and Wasik, B.A. (2006). Language Development in Preschoolers. Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall. Retrieved from

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