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Find your child’s current age range. If your little one is not demonstrating the skills listed, or if you feel otherwise concerned about your child’s development, contact Jennifer for a free consultation.

  • reacts to speech from others and noises around the child
  • startles to loud sounds
  • recognizes and reacts to a primary caregiver’s voice
  • smiles or quiets when spoken to by another person
  • moves eyes in direction of sounds
  • reacts differently to angry and friendly voices
  • reacts to changes in tone of voice
  • attends to music and toys that make sounds
  • listens to a speaker and watches a speaker’s face when spoken to
  • responds to a sound when the source is not visible to them
  • responds physically (e.g., moves arms or legs) in reaction to music
  • stops an activity when their name is called
  • recognizes common words for common items they see/use daily
  • begins to respond to simple requests, such as “sit here”
  • 2-6 words other than “mama” and “dada”
  • follows one-step directions with help and direction from the caregiver
  • understands simple questions, such as “where’s daddy?”
  • points to named pictures in books
  • follows directions to find two familiar objects (shoes and socks)
  • listens to simple stories
  • 15 months of age says about 10 words
  • 18 months of age says about 50 words
  • 24 months of age says about 200-300 words
  • to commands involving body parts such as “show me your foot”
  • follows 2 step commands such as “get your shoes and bring them to me”
  • follows directions with 2 parts of information as in, “give me the red ball”, “walk slowly”,
  • demonstrates understanding of several action words by pointing to pictures in stories representing them such as ” points to a person swinging in a book”
  • recognizes family labels such as baby, grandpa, etc…
  • 30 months says about 450 words
  • 36 months says about 1000 words
  • Speech should be understood 75-90% of the time
  • speech sounds included nearly all of the sounds
  • mastery of sounds for /F, V, Y, S, SH, CH, J /


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