Everyone develops at his or her own pace; however, certain behavior is rightfully expected at a specific milestone as it can otherwise be an indication of a speech-language disorder. Does your child match the stages of communication for his/her age? Find out below. If the answer is no, contact us to get your child’s development on the right path.
Between 12 months-18 months:
Starts to use words (mama, dada), should start saying 10-20 words
Can get objects when asked
Makes animal sounds (meow, moo)
By age 2:
They should use a minimum of 50 words or more
Puts two words together (ex. mommy car)
Can point to body parts (nose, eyes, foot, etc.) and clothing (shirt, shoes, etc.)
Follow simple 1 step commands (ex. get your shoes)
Names a variety of nouns (family members names, animals, food, etc.)
Makes a request using words more than gestures (saying juice instead of pointing)
They should turn and look when they hear their name or hear unfamiliar sounds
Begin asking questions
By age 3:
Uses a large vocabulary of words
Caregivers/family members should understand 50-75% of your child’s speech
They should no longer drop the last consonant in a word (ex. Ca for cat)
Begins using 3-4-word phrases
Follow 2-3 step directions
Knows some basic concepts (big/little, match colored objects)
Enjoys parents’ attention to watch them do things (watch me)
By age 4 - 5:
Uses over 1000 words
Has a sentence length of 4-5 words
Names some colors
Can tell a story
Understands terms like ‘yesterday’ and ‘tonight’
Family members and strangers should understand 75-90% of your child’s speech
Don’t see your child’s age or want more information?
Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
If your child has a history of ear infections or failed hearing screenings, it is highly recommended that they have their speech and language skills screened or evaluated by a Speech-Language Pathologist. It is also recommended you make an appointment with an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) doctor or Audiologist to check inner ear function and hearing regularly.