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Developmental Checklist

Review the following Developmental Checklist pertaining to your child's understanding and formation of speech and language:

Understanding

Speaking

Birth to 3 Months
  • Startles to loud sounds
  • Quiet or smiles when talked to
  • Recognizes your voice
Birth to 3 Months
  • Makes cooing sounds
  • Cries differently
  • Smiles when sees you
4 to 6 Months
  • Moves eyes to sound
  • Responds to change in tone of voice
  • Notices toys that make a sound
4 to 6 Months
  • Babbling sounds more speech-like
  • Vocalizes excitement/upset
  • Makes gurgling sounds when left alone
7 Months to 1 Year
  • Listens when spoken to
  • Recognizes common items like
    cup, shoe, juice
  • Begins to follow requests
    (Come here, Want more)
  • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo
7 Months to 1 Year
  • Babbles mix of sounds
  • Uses sounds to get attention
  • Imitates different speech sounds
  • Has 1 to 2 words
    (dada, bye-bye ... although not clear)
1 to 2 Years
  • Points to several body parts
  • Understands simple questions
  • Listens to simple stories/songs
  • Points to pictures in book
  • Follows simple commands
    "Roll the ball"
    "Kiss the baby"
1 to 2 Years
  • Says more words each month
  • Uses 1-2 word questions
    (Go bye-bye? Where kitty?)
  • Puts 2 words together
    (more cookie, no juice)
  • Uses many different consonant sounds
2 to 3 Years
  • Understands differences in
    meaning
    ( big/little, in/on)
  • Follows 2 requests
    ("Get the book and put it on the table")
2 to 3 Years
  • Has a word for everything
  • Speech understood by unfamiliar listeners
  • Often asks or directs attention to objects by name
  • Combines at least 2 to 3 words, but likely more, when talking
3 to 4 Years
  • Answers simple Who, What, Where, Why Questions
3 to 4 Years
  • Talks about school and friends
  • Sentences have 4 or more words
  • Talks fluently
4 to 5 Years
  • Pays attention to short stories
  • Answers questions about stories listened to
  • Understands what is said at home and school
4 to 5 Years
  • Voice sounds clear
  • Uses sentences with details
  • Tells stories on topic
  • Communicates easily
  • Says most sounds correctly
  • Uses same grammar as rest of family

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