What to look for in child language development.

Babies are born programmed to learn language, and are actually quite adept at it. Their built-in language ability follows a universal timetable, one that transcends ethnicity and socioeconomic class. Here’s an overview of what to listen for and when in your child’s language development. I read to my son every morning and every night. He loves it! I tell him go get one of your books, {I keep them on a shelf low to the floor for him} he crawls over and grabs one and brings it to me. Reading to your child everyday is a very important key to their language development. Take ten minutes before bed and make a routine out of it.

2 months
Cooing; making long vowel sounds like “oo”, ” aa”, and “ee”

6 months
Babbling using consonants

7.5 months
Recognizing familiar words or names

10 months
Pointing, grunting and gazing to get their demands met; using their own invented words

12 months
Saying his first real words such as “mama” and “Dada”, a siblings name, body parts, animal names or noises like “woof woof”

14 months
Identifying objects; following simple one step commands like get the ball

18 months
Saying 50 words; using verbs; asking “what’s that?” To get name recognition

24 months
Speaking in two word sentences, such as “drink milk” or “play ball” using the words “no” and “mine” frequently

2.5 years
Conveying whole thoughts by employing just a few words, like saying “mommy no socks” for “mommy isn’t wearing any socks today.”

3 years
Speaking in longer sentences, putting several thoughts together to tell a story, using about 300 words, following a story line and remembering ideas from it, enjoying nonsense phrases

4 years
Having extensive conversation with adults, using adjectives in detailed sentences, telling knock knock jokes, asking questions with proper intonation

5 years
Using expressive vocabulary of 2500 words, understanding 14,000 words, expressing complicated thoughts like fears and dreams, saying “thank you”, using words to get elicit reactions from others

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