Early Intervention 0-3

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/ )

0-6 Months

  • 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

6-12 Months

  • 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

12-24 Months

  • 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

24-36 Months

  • 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.