Developmental Milestones for Speech and Language
Birth - 5 months
-reacts to loud sounds
-turns head toward a sound source
-watches your face when you speak
-vocalizes pleasure and displeasure sounds (laughs, giggles, cries, or fusses)
-makes noise when talked to
-babbles (ba-ba-ba or ma-ma-ma)
-tries to communicate by actions or gestures
-tries to repeat your sounds
-attends to a book or toy for about two minutes
-follows simple directions accompanied by gestures
-answers simple questions nonverbally
-points to objects, pictures, and family members
-says two to three words to label a person or object
(pronunciation may not be clear)
-tries to imitate simple words
-enjoys being read to
-follows simple commands without gestures
-points to simple body parts such as "nose"
-understands simple verbs such as "eat" or "sleep"
-correctly pronounces most vowels and n,m,p,h, especially in the beginning or syllables and short words. also begins to use other sounds
-says 8-10 words
-asks for common food by name
-makes animal sounds ('moo' etc.)
-starting to combine words such as "more milk"
-begins to use pronouns such as "mine"
Developmental information from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communciation Disorders