How does your child hear and talk?

Every child is unique and has an individual rate of development. This chart represents, on average, the age by which most children will accomplish the listed skills.
1 to 2 years
Hearing and Understanding:
¨ Points to a few body parts when asked.
¨ Follows simple commands and understands questions (“Roll the ball,” “Kiss the baby,” “Where’s your shoe?”).
¨ Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes.
¨ Points to pictures in a book when named.
Talking:
¨ Says more words every month.
¨ Uses some 1-2-word questions (“Where Kitty?” “Go bye-bye?” What’s that?”).
¨ Puts 2 words together (“more cookie,” “no juice,” “mommy book”).
¨ Uses many different consonant sounds of the beginnings of words.
2 to 3 years
Hearing and Understanding:
¨ Understands differences in meaning (“go-stop,” “in-on,” “big-Little,” “up-down”).
¨ Follows two request (Get the book and put it on the table”).
Talking:
¨ Has a word for almost everything.
¨ Uses 2-3-word “sentences” to talk about and ask for things.
¨ Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time.
¨ Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them.
Children typically don’t master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each range.
Information provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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