Stage 6 Development

This is the stage where a child appears to enjoy being talked to with a more mature style of conversation and less of the "baby talk" type conversation. It is not uncommon to see the Stage 6 child paying attention when other speakers use longer and more complex sentences.

  1. Listening

    Previously a child appeared to attend to all sounds and voices in his/her environment and now he/she is beginning to be more selective about what draws his/her attention.

    • Following 2- and 3-step related commands is now easy for the Stage 6 child. For example, "Get your book, sit down, and open it."
    • When commands are given in sentence for, the Stage 6 child can remember them and follow through. For example, "I want you to go to your room and find me your socks so you can put on your shoes."
    • The Stage 6 child loves to participate in listening to you and giving you what you are asking for, even when the requested object is in a group of objects that he/she has to visually search through.
  2. Responding to Voice

    At this stage of development, what a child can understand seems endless. Parents are frequently surprised to hear their child repeat something that was just said.

    • This sudden increase in what the child is understanding includes such things as pronouns I, me, you, embedded in sentences. For example, "I don’t want it, you can have it."
    • He/she understands that simple questions are to be answered. For Example, "Is this your shoe?" The questions that generate the most responses from the child are questions that need a "yes" or "no" answer.
    • He/she can now demonstrate an understanding of plural nouns for objects he/she is familiar with. For example, "Bring me the balls."
    • The Stage 6 child can now demonstrate an understanding of many action verbs by not only acting out the action but also identifying it in pictures and can demonstrate an understanding of action verbs in opposition such as "push" versus "pull," "give" versus "take," etc.
    • He/she now understands adjectives by identifying the correct object or picture. For example, "Show me the sad face" or "Which one is the red apple?"
    • He/she can answer questions that let you know he/she knows certain buildings and places. For example, "Where do we buy candy?" or "Where is the fun jungle gym you like to play on?"
  3. Vocalizing

    Stage 6 is highlighted by the volume of questions that the child is now asking on a daily basis. This abundance of questioning is the child’s efforts to gain knowledge about his/her world and concerns.

    • The following speech sounds are the sounds that a child can correctly articulate when they are at the beginning of words — /t/ /d/ /k/ /g/ /b/ /p/ /m/ /w/ /f/ and /h/.
    • He/she can answer questions about him/her self, such as first and last name, girl or boy, one recent experience.
    • He/she uses social language such as “Hi” and “I’m fine” as well as “wh” questions to learn what something is or what someone is doing. For example, "Why are you here?" or "What is it?" or "What is he doing?"
    • The Stage 6 child now uses negatives in sentences which may or may not be grammatically correct. For Example, "I not tired" or "I not know" or "I do not."
    • His/her use of question forms are now becoming more complex. For example, a question about someone sleeping that previously might have been formed in a simple way, "He sleep?" is now generated correctly, "Is he sleeping?"