Children all learn language in the same way, but not always at the same time. Some children talk early and understand everything you say. Others do not talk much or have trouble listening. Children can have speech or language problems before they start school. Your child is preschool age if she is 3 to 5 years old and has not yet started kindergarten. She may have problems following directions or understanding questions. She may have trouble learning new words or saying sentences. Your child can have problems with both. Children may exhibit a language disorder if they have difficulty with:
Understanding what people mean when they use gestures, like shrugging or nodding
Pointing to objects and pictures
Knowing how to take turns when talking with others
Putting words together into sentences
Learning songs and rhymes
Using correct pronouns, like "he" or "they"
Knowing how to start a conversation and keep it going
Changing how they talk to different people and in different places. For example, you speak differently to an adult than a young child. You can talk louder outside than inside.