Milestones: By the age of seven

Chatting and mixing
Your child is getting better and better at mixing with others and making friends. They will take turns to talk and listen in a conversation and will talk about things other people like, not just about themselves. Sometimes they will still talk too much but you can let them know that others need their turn to talk.

Your child will use language when they play to make games more exciting, for example “To infinity and beyond!” They will be able to exaggerate to make games and stories more interesting, for example “We’re making the biggest sandcastle in the world, it’s as big as a tall tree.”

Your seven year old will now be using language they hear from other people. They are beginning to see the need to use different styles with different people, e.g. to a teacher, “It’s really good,” to a friend, “It’s wicked.”

Check it out
  • Look: Is your child joining in with other children and taking turns in a group?
  • Listen: Does your child use different language with different people?

Any concerns?
Remember all children are different and they develop at different rates. Chances are your seven year old can do some of these things. This is normal.

If you are at all concerned about your child’s speaking and listening, reading, or writing development you should first talk to their teacher or headteacher. There are a number of reasons why your child may not be keeping up with the other children in their year and it is important you discuss this with their teacher. They may be able to provide you with some simple ways you can support your child or direct you on to more in depth help, if that is what is required.

If you still feel your child needs more support which they are not getting here are some organisations which may be able to help:

Talking Point - 0845 225 4071
Afasic - 0845 355 5577
SOS!SEN: Special Educational Needs - 020 8538 3731

IPSEA: Independent Parental Special Education Advice - 0800 018 4016

Contact a Family - 0808 808 3555

I CAN - 020 7843 2544

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Age 7 to 11 milestones

7 years > 9 years > 11 years

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