Oral Language DevelopmentEvery child will vary in their development of oral language. Simple skills need to be reached before complex skills can be achieved. Milestones help Healthcare Professionals determine if a child may need extra help.
Birth to 5 Months Milestones•Will react to loud sounds•Will turn head towards loud sound•Will watch your face when you are speaking•Will vocalize pleasure and displeasure (giggling, laughs, cries, fussing)•Will make noise when talked to
6 to 11 months milestones•Can understand NO-NO•Will Babble (ma-ma-ma, da-da-da)•Will try to communicate with actions or hand gestures•Will try to mimic or repeating the sounds that you are making
12 to 17 months Milestones•Will play with a toy or book for a few minutes•Will follow one step directions with gestures•Can answer simple questions nonverbally•Can point to pictures, family members and objects•Can say two or three words to label a person or object•Will try to imitate simple words
18 to 23 months milestones•Can follow one step directions without gestures•Can point out body parts when asked•Can understand simple verbs•Can correctly pronounces most vowels and the consonants n,m,p,h. •Begins to use other speech sounds•Can say 8 to 10 words•Can ask for common foods they eat by name•Can start making animal noises such as moo•Will begin to use pronoun “mine”
2 to 3 years milestones•Will know about 50 words•Will know pronouns he, her, she, me, you•Will know descriptive words, little, sad, big, happy•Will start to speak in two to three-word phrases•Can use question inflection to ask for something •Can answer simple questions
3 to 4 years milestones•Will start to identify colors•Can use most speech sounds (may distort some of the harder sounds until older)•Uses consonants in beginning, middle and end of words•Strangers can understand them•Can repeat sentences •Will start using verbs that end in ing•Will start expressing ideas or feelings