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Speech-Language Development

Speech-Language Developmental Checklist

Recognizing common signs of speech and language challenges in children from infancy to 4 years old is crucial for early identification of communication disorders. The list below will help provide you with insights into the developmental milestones your child should be achieving.

Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)

Does not babble (4-6 months)

Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like reaching (7-9 months)

Does not understand what others say (10 months - 2 years)

Says only a few words (19 months - 2 years)

Does not put words together to make sentences (19 months - 3 years)

Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (2-3 years)

Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2-3 years)

Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (3-4 years)

Speaks using words that are not easily understood by others (3-4 years)

Has trouble with early reading skills, like pretending to read or finding the front of a book (4-5 years)

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