Speech and Language Milestones
The course of children’s development is mapped using a chart of developmental milestones. These milestones are behaviours that emerge over time, forming the building blocks for growth and continued learning. We have broken them down into age categories.

Speech and Language Milestones 0 6 months

0 – 6 Months

Children Language Development

• Uses the sounds /b/, /p/ and /m/ when speaking.

• Starts to smile when spoken to.

• Coo’s, gurgles and makes sounds.

• Listen when spoken too.

• Responds to his/her name.

• Use sounds to indicate needs and wants.

• Turns head when he/she hears sounds.

Speech and Language Milestones 7 12 months

7 – 12 Months

Children Language Development

• Understanding simple instructions.

• Has a vocabulary if 1-3 words.

• Understands the meaning of hot and cold

• Use many different sounds when babbling.

• Respond to simple requests

• Will imitate clicks, coughs, and hisses.

• Start using speech in order to communicate.

Speech and Language Milestones 13 18 months

13 – 18 Months

Children Language Development

• Is able to identify 1-3 body parts

• Says 3 to 20 words.

• Request more.

• Will follow simple commands.

• Speech is mostly unintelligible

• Omits some of the first consonant in a word and most of the final consonant in a word.

Speech and Language Milestones 19 24 months
19 – 24 Months

Children Language Development

• Understands 300 or more words.

• Use 50-100 or more words.

• Stranger may understand 25-50% of what he/she may be saying.

• Is able to answer “What’s that?” questions

• Name 5 body parts.

• Enjoys stories.

• Is able to name a few objects correctly.

2-3-years  Speech and Language Milestones 2 3 years
2 – 3 Years

Children Language Development

• Understands 500-900 or more words.

• Uses 50-250 or more words.

• Is able to identify several body parts.

• Is able to point to pictures in a book when named.

• Ask questions that are 1-2 words in length.

• Is able to use 3-4 words in a phrase.

• Strangers are able to understand 50-75% of his/her speech

4-5-years  Speech and Language Milestones 4 5 years
4-5 years

Children Language Development

• Understands 2 800 words or more.

• Use 900- 2 000 words.

• Use sentences of 4-8 words.

• Is able to count to 10 by rote.

• Identifies 1-3 colours.

• A stranger is able to fully understand him/her.

• Is able to tell a story with complete accuracy.

Speech and Language Milestones 5 6 years 1
5 – 6 Months

Children Language Development

• Understand 13 000 words.

• Is able to name 6 colours and 3 shapes.

• Is able to count to 30 by rote.

• Follows a command give to a group of children.

• Follows 3 part instructions.

• Is able to name days of the week.

• Is able to recite Nursery Rhymes.

6-7-years  Speech and Language Milestones 6 7 years
6 – 7 Years

Children Language Development

• Understands 20 000 words.

• Identifies left and right.

• Is able to name letters and numbers.

• Is able to count to 100 by rote.

• Uses sentences of approximately 6 words.

• Is able to say the alphabet.

• Participates in a conversation.