Auditory Milestones


7 MONTHS TO 1 YEAR

  • Babbling; uses both long and short groups of sounds such as “tata upup bibibibi”
  • Uses speech or noncrying  sounds to get and keep attention.
  • Uses gestures to communicate (waving, holding arms to be picked up).
  • Imitates different speech sounds
  • Can say one or two words (hi, dog, dada, mama) around first birthday, although sounds may not be clear

1 TO 2 YEARS

  • Says more words every month.
  • Uses some one-or two-word questions (“Where kitty?” “Go bye-bye?” “What’s that?”).
  • Puts two words together (“more cookie,” “no juice,” “mommy book”).
  • Uses many different  consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

2 TO 3 YEARS

  • Has a word for almost everything.
  • Uses two or three words to talk about and ask for things.
  • Uses k, g, f, t, d, and n sounds.
  • Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time.
  • Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them.

3 TO 4 YEARS

  • Talks about activities at school or at friend’s homes.
  • People outside of the family usually understand child’s speech.
  • Uses a lot of sentences that have four or more words. Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words.

4 TO 5 YEARS

  • Uses sentences that give lots of details (“The biggest peach is mine”).
  • Tells stories that stick to topic.
  • Communicates easily with other children and adults.
  • Says most sounds correctly except a few like I, s, r, v, z, ch, sh, th.
  • Says rhyming words.
  • Names some letters and numbers.
  • Uses the same grammar as the rest of the family.

Source: American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

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