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7-11 Years

This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 7 and 11 years.


Speech, language and communication development is a gradual process. Children develop skills at different rates, but beyond 8 years, usually children will:

  • Use language to predict and draw conclusions.
  • Use long and complex sentences.
  • Understand other points of view and show that they agree or disagree.
  • Understand comparative words e.g. ‘it was earlier than yesterday’.
  • Keep a conversation going by giving reasons and explaining choices.
  • Start conversations with adults and children they don’t know.
  • Understand and use passive sentences e.g. “the thief is chased by the policeman”.

Progress Checker

Check the Progress of your child’s communication development using our Progress Checker for children at the following ages:

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