Speech & Language Developmental Milestones
From 12 to 24 Months
Expressive Language Skills
produces first real word - usually a thing that can be acted upon like a food, a drink or an animal versus a stationary object
uses words to get things
may avoid words that are difficult to say
transitions from saying one word to two words
strings two words together
has about 200 to 300 words in her repertoire
you'll understand about half of what she says
Receptive Language Skills
points to body parts
recognizes clothing and objects
points to pictures when named
pretends at self-related activities - combing hair, eating, drinking
play includes other actors who are the receivers of actions
receptive language is expanding
listens to simple stories, rhymes
answers yes-no questions
gives common objects on request
Your baby will say her first real word! This word is consistently used to refer to a person, object or event. Your baby says this word without any other babbling or jargon and it sounds very similar to a real word.
Your little one will increase the number of words she says by her second birthday. When she has about 30 to 50 words she will begin to put two words together.
Your baby is realizing that she can vocalize to get things. Which words and which word combination she says will depend on how useful the words are to her, how easy or difficult it is to say the sounds in the word, and the type of word it is.
She will be able to say many of the simpler sounds; she will learn the more difficult ones over time. She'll omit the sounds she cannot pronounce.
But by her second birthday you will be able to understand about half of what she says.
Interested in knowing what your child will be saying soon? Check out the following charts to see how your child's speech and language will develop in the next stage!
Talk with your pediatrician if you feel your child's language acquisition is not progressing, or if you think he is not where he should be.
Or Let’s Talk if you want to speak with one of our speech language pathologists; it might relieve some of your anxiety.
And remember not to wait too long to seek professional advice.
As the months pass, your child's peers will continue to develop and the “gap” may get larger and larger.
Help your child gain the language skills he needs because
........the power of speech lasts a lifetime.