There are certain milestones expected in different stages of the child’s growth cycle. The following breakdown will explain what speech & language behaviors you should be observing.
What Should My Child Be Able To Do? (Retrieved from http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/01/ )
- Quiets down or smiles when spoken to
- Startles to loud sounds
- Makes pleasure sounds (coo-ing)
- Smiles when sees you
- Notices toys that makes sounds
- Moves eyes in direction of sounds
- Babbling more speech-like sounds (p, b, and m)
- Makes gurgling sounds when left alone or playing with you
- Enjoys games like ‘peek-a-boo’
- Listens when spoken to
- Recognizes words for common items such as ‘milk’, ‘book’, ‘shoe’ & ‘cup’.
- Has long & short groups of babbling sounds (ex. “tata upup bibibibi”)
- Uses speech-like sounds to gain attention
- Uses gestures to communicate (ex. Holding arms up)
- Imitates different speech words
- Says 1-2 words around first birthday
- Follows simple commands (ex. “Kiss the baby” or “where’s your shoe?”)
- Listens to simple stories and songs
- Points to pictures in a book when named
- Points to a few body parts when asked
- Puts two words together (ex. “More cookie” or “Mommy book”)
- Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words
- Says more words each month
- Understands words meaningfully (ex. “up-down”, “go-stop”)
- Follows two requests simultaneously (ex. “get the book and put it on the table”)
- Listens to stories for longer periods of time
- Has a word for almost everything
- Strings 2-3 words together to formulate a sentence
- Asks “why”?
- May stutter on words or sounds
Call The Speech & Language Centers of Excellence if you have any questions regarding speech therapy services for your toddler.