Speech, language and communication developmental checklist

When it comes to speech, language and communication what should we expect at different stages of our children’s development?

 6 Months – Children will:

  • Respond to different tones of voice and emotion
  • Babble a variety of sounds – ‘a-goo’ ‘oooh’
  • Mouths toys, shakes objects, plays with hands and feet.
  • Localises sounds with eyes at ear level.

12 Months – Children will:

  • Respond to own name, ‘no’ and ‘bye bye’
  • Understand simple instructions
  • Babbles loudly – first words emerge
  • Understanding of object permanence.

18 months – Children will:

  • Select familiar objects and point to basis body parts on request.
  • Obeys simple instructions.
  • Obeys simple instructions
  • Use between 6 – 20 recognisable words
  • Demands objects through pointing and vocalisation.
  • Imitates everyday activities.
  • Plays contently on their own but likes to be in close proximity to a familiar adult.

2 years – Children will:

  • Follows instructions with 2 key tasks
  • Uses 2 word phases
  • Uses 50 recognisable words and understands many more
  • Constantly asking names of objects and people
  • Parallel play
  • Make believe play

3 Years – Children will:

  • Understand much of a complex sentence but not all
  • Uses 500+ words
  • Begins to understand plurals and the use of personal pronouns (you do it).
  • Using 4-6 words sentences
  • Overgeneralisation of grammatical rules (mouses, sheeps)
  • Asks many questions wih ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘why’?
  • Joins in active make – believe play with other children

4-5 years – Children will:

  • Have expressive language of over 2,000 words
  • Have receptive language of approximately 5,000 words
  • Begin to understand prepositions – i.e. in front of, behind.
  • Understands more difficult concepts i.e. same/different.
  • Can understand two adjective modifers (e.g. “I saw a big white cat”)
  • Begin to use words to symbolise thoughts and feelings.

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