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Every child develops on their own timeline, but catching potential speech hurdles early is important. Use these speech and language milestones as a guide, but when in doubt, reach out for a professional assessment!

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0 – 3 Months

  • Reacts to loud sounds
  • Recognizes familiar voices
  • Expresses with cries and coos – like “ooooo,” “aahh,” “mmmmm”)
  • Has different cries for different needs


4 – 6 Months

  • Follows sounds with eyes
  • Reacts to toys with bells or music
  • Begins babbling with consonant-vowel combos – like “ba-ba,” and “da-da”)


7 Months – 1 Year

  • Stops for a moment when hearing “No”
  • Responds to simple requests – like “Look at mommy”
  • Uses gestures like pointing and waving
  •  Tries to imitate different speech sounds
  • Says one or two words by first birthday – like “mama,” “dada,” or “bye”


1 – 2 Years

  • Identifies a few parts of the body
  • Follows simple commands – like “Give me the ball,” or “Come here”
  • Enjoys simple stories, songs, and rhymes
  • Experiences a vocabulary explosion, learning new words daily
  • Begins combining words into two-word phrases


2 – 3 Years

  • Names almost everything
  • Forms longer two- or three-word phrases
  • Speaks understandably to family and friends
  • Uses words to ask for an object


3 – 4 Years

  • Answers simple “Who?” “What?” “Where?” and “Why?” questions
  • Constructs sentences with four or more words
  • Speaks fluently without repeating syllables or words


4 – 5 Years

  • Tells stories and stays on topic
  • Communicates easily with other children and adults
  • Uses rhyming words
  • Applies adult grammar