Speech Therapy

Developmental Milestones

The following milestones are average ages that a child would be able to complete a specific task. If you have concerns about your child’s development, consult your pediatrician. A speech therapy evaluation may be appropriate.

9 months:

  • Babbling.
  • Turns head to look at the direction sound is coming from.
  • Responds/attends to noisy toys/music.

12 months:

  • Able to say 1-3 words consistently.
  • Imitates a variety of sounds such as p, b, m, and vowels (a, e, i, o, u).
  • Enjoys and participates in games such as peek-a-boo.
  • Understand simple requests ex: “come here”. 
  • Responds to name being called.

2 years:

  • Combines 2- words ex: “more please”.
  • Uses a variety of expressive language (approximately 50 words at minimum).
  • Identifies simple body parts and pictures.
  • Understands simple 1-step directions using “on, in, up etc.”.
  • Interacts or attends to simple songs, stories and rhymes.

3 years:

  • Responds to yes/no questions.
  • Begins to follow 2-step directions.
  • Continues to learn and use new expressive vocabulary (200-500 words).
  • Uses 3-4 word phrases.
  • Begins asking who, what, where questions.

4 years:

  • Begin recognizing different colors.
  • Follow 2-3 step directions.
  • Using approximately 1000 words.
  • Using more complex, 4 word phrases.

5 years:

  • Understands and able to follow 3-step directions.
  • Expressive vocabulary of approximately 1500-1600 words.
  • Communicates with 100% intelligibility.
  • Uses 4-5 word sentences. 
  • Understands and appropriately answers “WH” who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.