How Your Child’s Speech and Language Develops

Look for these milestones in the development of your child’s speech and language:

18 months milestones

  • Your baby can say ‘no’ correctly
  • Use about ten words vocabulary
  • Identifies things like rabbit, car, dog, cat, or doll
  • Answers the what-is-this question
  • Follows simple instructions (i.e, put in or take off shoe and etc)

3-year-old milestones

  • Can do two things you ask for (i.e, go to your room and get socks)
  • Understands yesterday and a week ago
  • Pronounce consonants sound
  • Makes conversation
  • Uses some grammar
  • Says words with consonant endings clearly
  • Have lots of questions (Yep!, Lots of questions are coming.)

5-year-old milestones

  • Can understand why and when
  • Can converse and make their thought known to you
  • Can tell you how to use something
  • Is learning reading
  • Talks about the past and the concept of tomorrow (i.e, they will request to go to the park tomorrow)

 

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Very often a parent’s instincts are correct so if you feel your child may need speech therapy, please call us and schedule a comprehensive speech evaluation.

2-year-old milestones

  • Uses consonants in speech
  • Identifies parts of her body when asked
  • Strings two words together (i.e, ball gone or doggie come)
  • Can identify pictures in books
  • Vocabulary of 30 - 50 words
  • Sings simple nursery songs  (i.e, twinkle twinkle little star)

4-year-old milestones

  • Use sentences frequently
  • Tells a short story (i.e, from a book they read)
  • Can use more advanced grammar
  • Can pretend-play with other kids using words
  • Can answer questions: 'how' and 'who' and 'how many' etc.
  • Making friends with other kids become easier

If you are seeing your child fall behind on these milestones  or if he/she has difficulty or is frustrated at being unable to explain what he wants, it is always recommended to seek a Speech and Language Pathologist immediately. Very often a parent’s instincts are correct so if you feel your child may need speech therapy, please call us and schedule a comprehensive speech evaluation.

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