Between the ages of 2 and 3 years, most children learn to say words consisting of more than one syllable – also known as polysyllabic words. Some children need some extra help to say polysyllabic words, including some children with severe speech sound disorders. You can read more about speech sound disorders .
In this 17-page pack, we introduce early two, three, and four syllable words. We chose the target words:
- from functional and common English words identified in the Semantic Networks for children aged 21-36 months of age, as reported by , which contains data from over 75,000 young children; and
- with a preference for early acquired consonants, including bilabial speech sounds (e.g. /p, b, m/); and early alveolar speech sounds (e.g. /d, n, t/). These speech sounds are typically acquired by around the age of 3 years. (For more on this, please see our article: .)
This resource can be used with young children with severe speech sound disorders, e.g. as an early target following a . It can also be used with children with severe childhood apraxia of speech, e.g. as part of a , recognising that, before children have around 50 words in their expressive vocabularies, their consonant inventories and speech sound systems may be limited and unstable.