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An individual child may not follow this timetable exactly, however, it may be used as a general guide in helping to identify speech and language problems at an early age.

Age

Ability to understand

Expressive Language

Age

3 – 6
Months

Ability to understand

seeks sound source; smiles in response to speech, recognizes bottle

Expressive Language

babbling begins; vocalize pleasure; displeasure

Age

7 – 9
Months

Ability to understand

responds to “no”; responds to gestures; pat-a-cake, bye-bye

Expressive Language

/m, n, t, d, b, p, z/ babbling; multiple syllables (maybe “mamma”, “dada”), imitates speech sounds

Age

10 – 12
Months

Ability to understand

begins to relate object and name; follows simple commands regarding body action; responds to own name consistently

Expressive Language

may acquire 1st true word; (10-18 months); sentence-like intonations (jargon) begin; uses all sounds in vocal play

Age

1 – 1.5
Years

Ability to understand

simple 1-step commands; recognizes some body parts, objects

Expressive Language

3-20 single words; jargon; gestures

Age

1.5 – 2
Years

Ability to understand

200-300 words; simple yes/no questions

Expressive Language

uses 20-60 recognizable words; 2- word combinations (“daddy car”, “more milk”); 65% intelligible by 2 years

Age

2 – 3
Years

Ability to understand

800-900 words; why, what, where questions; listens to short stories

Expressive Language

uses 200-500 words; 3-4 words sentences (“daddy drive car”, “I want to play”); grammar emerging; 70- 80%intelligible

Age

3 – 4
Years

Ability to understand

1200-1500 words; understands comparisons (big, little); responds to 2-part commands

Expressive Language

uses 800-1500 words; 4-5 words sentences; question asking stage

Age

4 – 5
Years

Ability to understand

2500 words; answers complex questions; some color/number concepts

Expressive Language

uses 1500-2000 words; very intelligible in connected speech; 4-8 words sentences (grammar refined); tells long stories