SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

DEVELOPMENTAL

MILESTONES

BIRTH

Makes pleasure sounds

0-3 MONTHS

Repeats the same sounds a lot (cooing)

Cries differently for different needs

Smiles when he/she sees you

4-6 MONTHS

Babbling sounds more speech-like with many different sounds, including p, b, and m

Tells you (by sound or gesture) when he wants you to do something

Makes gurgling sounds when left alone and when playing with you

7 MONTHS - 1 YEAR

Babbling has both long and short groups of sounds such as “tat upup bibibib”

Uses speech or non-crying sounds to get and keep attention

Imitates different speech sounds

Has 1 or 2 words (“bye-bye”, “dada”, “mama,” “no”) although they may not be clear

1-2 YEARS

Says more words every month
Uses some 1-2 word questions (“Where Kitty?” “Go bye-bye?” “What’s that?”)

Puts 2 words together (“more cookie,” “no juice,” “mommy book”)

Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words

2-3 YEARS

Has a word for almost everything
Uses 2-3 word “sentences” to talk about and ask for things
Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time

Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them

3-4 YEARS

Talks about activities at school or at friends’ homes
Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words
People outside family usually understand child’s speech

Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words

4-5 YEARS

Voice sounds clear like other children’s
Uses sentences that give lots of details
Tells stories that stick to the topic

Communicates easily with other children and adults

Says most sounds correctly