Checklist for Typical Speech & Language Development

By 1-2 years a child should follow simple directions, point to several body parts, combine two words, and ask simple questions.

By 2-3 a child should follow a two-step command, understand simple opposites, use 2-3 word sentences, and have a word for almost everything. The following sounds are produced: n, m, p, h, w, b.

By 3-4 a child should answer who, what, where, and why questions, talk about things he/she does, and use frequent sentences with 5 or more words. The sounds listed above should be present, in addition to k, g, i, d and ng. The child should be understood most of the time.

By 4-5 a child should pay attention to a story and answer simple questions about it. He/she should understand most of what is said at home and school. He/she should talk in detailed sentences and tell stories that sound the same as the rest of the family. Almost all sounds are mastered with the exception of a few (like /r/ and “th”).

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