Speech & Language Milestones

  • Smile when they see a familiar face?
  • Respond to their name?
  • Have 1-2 words although they may not be clear?
  • Call out for attention, often in a very persistent way?
  • Use simple gestures e.g. wave "bye-bye", clap his hands, points?
  • Respond to "no" and turn to his own name?
  • Understand a few simple routine commands, such as, "don't touch" or "give mommy a kiss"?
  • Enjoys interacting with others in little games, such as "Peek-a-boo"?
  • Produce 20-50 simple words.
  • Start putting together 2 words e.g. more juice.
  • Use some common expressions, such as, "what's that?" and "all gone".
  • Point to 3-5 body parts?
  • Point to the appropriate picture in a book when you say, "show me the...?".
  • Understand simple questions e.g. where's daddy?
  • Listen to stories with pictures and pages of a book a few at time?
  • Have a vocabulary of at least 100 words?
  • Use different groups of words such as action, describing words and location words (in/on/under)?
  • Refer to himself by his own name?
  • Use pronouns such as "me", "mine", "my", "you", “I”?
  • Combine two or more words together?
  • Use two word negative phrases such as "not go" or "no want"?
  • Follow directions containing two pieces of information?
  • Listen to familiar stories and talk about them?
  • Pretend in his play and carry on little "conversations" with himself, dolls and other stuffed toys?
  • Use word endings such as "ing" (eg. Driving), plural "s" (eg. Cats) and possessive “s” (eg. Mommy's car)?
  • Asks a variety of questions including "where is mommy?" and "why"?
  • Take at least three turns in a conversation exchange?
  • Play with other children for short periods of time?
  • Use an ever expanding vocabulary?
  • Put a complete sentence together using an ever expanding vocabulary using pronouns such as "he/she/they", consistently followed by "is/are"?
  • Sequence simple stories and talk about the past, present and future?
  • Ask a variety of questions beginning with "who", "what", "where" and "why"?
  • Use language to interact and cooperate in play with his peers?
  • Recognize letters and start to learn pre-reading skills such as rhyming?
  • Use long complex sentences and hold longer and longer conversations?
  • Focus on an activity and manage to listen and follow directions simultaneously?
  • Understand the concept of rules in play and negotiate with peers?
  • Comprehend more advance prepositional concepts such as “between”, “above, “below", etc?
  • Understand and ask simple "how", "when" and "what if" questions?
  • Retell and create their own stories and many will be starting to read?

If you answered NO to any of the age appropriate questions, contact us to have your child assessed.