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SPEECH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT CHART

         

9 - 12 Months

12 - 18 Months

(1 – 1 ½ Years)

18 - 24 Months

( 1 ½ - 2 years)

24 - 30 Months

( 2 – 2 ½ Years)

30 - 36 Months

(2 ½ - 3 years)

36 - 42 Months

(3 – 3 ½ Years)

  • Begins to relate names of objects
  • Articulates most speech sounds
  • Uses greetings (hi/bye)
  • Uses single words 3 – 20 words
  • Points to wanted objects
  • Points to an object when named
  • Uses sentence-like intonation (jargon)
  • Responds vocally to "wh" questions
  • Imitates some words
  • Understands approx. 300 words
  • Says 50 words
  • Combines words to make 2-word sentences
  • Names familiar objects
  • Uses commands and reactions "more" "mine" "owee"
  • Responds to yes/no questions with head gestures
  • Mean length of sentence (MLS) = 1.8
  • Understands approx. 500 words
  • Follows simple directions
  • Follows a series of related commands
  • Says 200 words
  • Uses some regular plurals
  • Answers "what" & "where" questions
  • MLS = 3.1
  • Understands approx. 900 words
  • Knows 3rd personal pronouns (he/she)
  • Says 500 words including "please" "thank-you"
  • Articulates p m w n h
  • Uses pronouns "I", "me" , "you" and "mine"
  • Asks simple "what?" & "where?"
  • MLS = 3.4
  • Understands approx. 1200 words
  • Responds to 2 unrelated commands
  • Knows "in front" "behind"
  • Says 800 words
  • Begins to ask varied questions
  • MLS = 4.3
 
 
 
 
       

42 - 48 Months

( 3 ½ - 4 years)

48 - 54 Months

(4 – 4 ½ Years)

54 - 60 Months

( 4 ½ - 5 years)

60 - 72 Months

(5 – 5 ½ Years)

72 - 84 Months

(6 – 6 ½ Years)

 
  • Understands approx. 1500 – 2000 words
  • Says 1000 words
  • Articulates b d k g f y
  • MLS = 4.4
  • Understands approx. 2000-2500 words
  • Says 1500 words
  • Understands spatial concepts
  • Uses possessives
  • Uses irregular plurals
  • MLS = 4.6
  • Understands approx. 2500-2800 words
  • Says 2000 approx. words
  • Uses complete sentences
  • Misarticulates few blends
  • MLS = 5.7
  • Understands approx. 13,000 words
  • Understands time concepts
  • Uses pronouns consistently
  • MLS = 6.6
  • Is aware of others’ mistakes!!
  • MLS = 7.3