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Is My Child A Late Talker?

How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?

Hearing and Understanding Talking

Birth - 3 Months

Yes

No

 

Yes

No

 
___ ___

Startles to loud sounds.

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Makes pleasure sounds (cooing, gooing).

___ ___ Quiets or smiles when spoken to. ___ ___ Cries differently for different needs.
___ ___ Seems to recognize your voice and quiets if crying. ___ ___ Smiles when sees you.
___ ___ Increases or decreases sucking behavior in response to sound.

4-6 Months

Yes

No

 

Yes

No

 
___ ___

Moves eyes in direction of sounds.

___ ___

Babbling sounds more speech-like with many different sounds, including p, b, and m.

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Responds to changes in tone of your voice.

___ ___

Vocalizes excitement and displeasure.

___ ___

Notices toys that make sounds.

___ ___

Makes gurgling sounds when left alone and when playing with you.

___ ___

Pays attention to music.

7 Months- 1 Year

Yes

No

 

Yes

No

 
___ ___

Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.

___ ___

Babbling has both long and short groups of sounds such as "tata upup bibibibi."

___ ___

Turns and looks in direction of sounds.

___ ___

Uses speech or non-crying sounds to get and keep attention.

___ ___

Listens when spoken to.

___ ___

Imitates different speech sounds.

___ ___

Recognizes words for common items like "cup," "shoe," "juice."

___ ___

Has 1 or 2 words (bye-bye, dada, mama) although they may not be clear.

___ ___

Begins to respond to requests ("Come here," "Want more?").

1-2 Years

Yes

No

 

Yes

No

 
___ ___

Points to a few body parts when asked.

___ ___

Says more words every month.

___ ___

Follows simple commands and understands simple questions ("Roll the ball," "Kiss the baby," "Where's your shoe?").

___ ___

Uses some 1-2 word questions ("where kitty?" "go bye-bye?" "what's that?").

___ ___

Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes.

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Puts two words together ("more cookie," "no juice," "mommy book.").

___ ___

Points to pictures in a book when named.

___ ___

Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

2-3 Years

Yes

No

 

Yes

No

 
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Understands differences in meaning ("go-stop," "in-on," "big-little," "up-down").

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Has a word for almost everything.

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Follows two requests ("Get the book and put it on the table.")

___ ___

Uses 2-3 words to talk about and ask for things.

___ ___

Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time.

___ ___

Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them.

3-4 Years

Yes

No

 

Yes

No

 
___ ___

Hears you when you call from another room.

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Talks about activities at school or at friends' homes.

___ ___

Hears television or radio at the same loudness level as other family members.

___ ___

People outside family usually understand child's speech.

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Answers simple "who?," "what?," "where?," "why?" questions.

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Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words.

___ ___

Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words.

4-5 Years

Yes

No

 

Yes

No

 
___ ___

Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about it.

___ ___

Voice sounds clear like other children's.

___ ___

Hears and understands most of what is said at home and in school.

___ ___

Uses sentences that give lots of details (e.g., "I like to read my books").

___ ___

Tells stories that stick to topic.

___ ___

Communicates easily with other children and adults.

___ ___

Says most sounds correctly except a few like l, s, r, v, z, j, ch, sh, th.

___ ___

Uses the same grammar as the rest of the family.

Instructions: Read each statment for your child's age group and check yes or no.

Every child is unique and has an individual rate of development. This chart represents, on the average, the age by which most children will accomplish the listed skills. Children typically do not master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each age range. Just because your child has not accomplished one skill within an age range does not mean the child has a disorder. However, if you have answered "no" to the majority of items in an age range, seek the advice of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist.