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The following is a checklist that has been devised by our SLT Olive to briefly see if a child is meeting their milestones. This checklist is not meant as a diagnostic tool; rather it gives a concise overview of general speech and language development goals.

Milestones for a 1 to 2 year old child.

Understanding Talking                     
Knows body parts when asked. Follows simple directions and understands simple questions ("Where's your shoe?")
Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes
Points to pictures in a book when named
Puts two words together ("more cookie," "no juice," "mommy book")
Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milestones for a 2 to 3 year old child

Understanding Talking
Follows two requests ("Get the book and put it on the table")
Listens to and enjoys hearing stories for longer periods of time
Has a word for almost everything.
Uses two- or three- 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milestones for a 3 to 4 year old child.

Understanding Talking
Answers simple "what?", "where?", and "why?" questions People outside of the family usually understand child's speech
Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words
Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words

 

 

 

 

 

Milestones for a 4 to 5 year old child.

Understanding Talking
Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about them 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 rhyming words
Names some letters and numbers
Uses the same grammar as the rest of the family

 

 

 

 

 

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