Speech and Language Development Milestones as Your Child Grows
Every child learns to speak at a different pace, however, general milestones may help you decide if your child may need extra help. The following are age-related milestones to follow.
Speech Milestones for 3 Month Olds
By the end of 3 months your child should be able to:
- React to sounds.
- Makes cooing sounds.
- Recognizes your voice.
- Has difference cries for different needs.
Speech Milestones for 6 Month Olds
By the end of 6 months your child should be able to:
- Makes speech-like babbling sounds.
- Uses voice to express please or displeasure.
- Moves eyes in the direction of sound.
- Pays attention to music and toys that make sound.
Speech Milestones for 1 Year Olds
By the end of 1 year you child should be able to:
- Babbles in longer strings of sounds.
- Understands simple instructions.
- Recognizes common item words.
- Tries to use actions or gestures to communicate.
Speech Milestones for 18 Month Olds
By the end of 18 months your child should be able to:
- Recognizes familiar people, names and objects.
- Follows simple gestures, commands and directions.
- Says new words on a regular basis.
Speech Milestones for 2 Year Olds
By the end of 2 years your child should be able to:
- Uses simple phrases.
- Asks simple one- or two-word questions.
- Speaks well enough to be understood.
Speech Milestones for 4 Year Olds
By the end of 4 years your child should be able to:
- Answers simple questions.
- Talks about their daily activities.
- Hears sounds at the same level as others.
- Knows a word for almost everything.
Speech Milestones for 5 Year Olds
By the end of 5 years your child should be able to:
- Communicates with adults and other children easily.
- Says most sounds correctly.
- Uses sentences with details and tells stories.
- Uses rhyming words and adult grammar.
If your child has not reached these milestones and think your child may have a speech disorder, a speech language pathologist (SLP) can test your child’s speech.