Are you concerned with your child's speech and language development?

Information regarding developmental norms and activities to facilitate appropriate speech language development



A listing of Speech and Language Developmental Milestonse

















Identify the Signs of

Early Communication Disorders
Signs of a Language Disorder
Doesn't smile or interact with others (birth–3 months)
Doesn't babble (4–7 months)
Makes few sounds (7–12 months)
Does not use gestures (e.g., waving, pointing) (7–12 months)
Doesn't understand what others say (7 months–2 years)
Says only a few words (12–18 months)
Doesn't put words together to make sentences (1½–3 years)
Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2–3 years)
Has problems with early reading and writing skills—for example, may not show an interest in books or drawing (2½–3 years) 

Signs of a Speech Sound Disorder

Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1–2 years)
Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2–3 years)
Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2–3 years)

Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency)
Struggles to say sounds or words (2½–3 years)
Repeats first sounds of words—"b-b-b-ball" for "ball" (2½–3 years)
Pauses a lot while talking (2½–3 years)
Stretches sounds out—"f-f-f-f-farm" for "farm" (2½–3 years)

Signs of a Voice Disorder
Uses a hoarse or breathy voice
Uses a nasal-sounding voice

Signs of a Hearing Loss

Shows lack of attention to sounds (birth–1 year)
Doesn't respond when you call his/her name (7 months–1 year)
Doesn't follow simple directions (1–2 years)
Shows delays in speech and language development (birth–3 years)


Adapted From the American Speech Language Hearing Association