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Typical language development: 1-2 years

Ok, so we continue with typical language development milestones. Today we’ll talk about what happens between 1-2 years old. During this time children are increasing their vocabulary.  They learn many words each month (if they are exposed to new vocabulary and experiences of course!).

Expressive Language

  • They learn more words every month.
  • They use some one to two word questions (“Where daddy?”, “Go bye-bye?”, “What’s that?”).
  • They use 2 word sentences (“more milk,” “no juice,” “mama book”).
  • They use many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words (i.e. p, b, w, h, n, k, g, t, d)

Receptive Language

  • They point to a few body parts when asked.
  • They follow simple directions and understand simple questions (“Give me the car,” “Kiss mommy,” “Where’s the ball?”).
  • They are able to listen to simple stories, songs, and rhymes.
  • They point to pictures in a book when named.

This is a great time to exposed them to many different activities and a variety of objects/toys. Talk to them about what you are doing, what is happening as you play with them and all of this will help increase their vocabulary and help them use appropriate sentences. Remember to use words and sentences correctly because they learn to talk the way you do! So, although it might be cute to talk about the ‘wabbit” they will learn to say “wabbit” and not “rabbit” because that’s what they heared from you. Needless to say, be careful using “adult” words in front of them! 😉

What is the cutest thing your baby, well, toddler, is saying now?

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Typical language development: 6-12 months

Today we’ll continue talking about typical language development for children 6-12 months old.

During this period your baby is more active and more alert. This 6 month period is all about changes! They learn to roll, sit, crawl and walk! Goodness that’s a lot! Now here are the milestones for speech and language development.

Expressive Language

  • Babbling has both long and short groups of sounds such as “tata upup bibibibi” (they sound so cute!)
  • Uses speech or noncrying sounds to get and keep attention
  • Uses gestures to communication (waving, holding arms to be picked up)
  • Imitates different speech sounds
  • Has one or two words (hi, dog,dada, mama) around first birthday

Receptive Language

  • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Turns and looks in direction of sounds
  • Listens when spoken to
  • Recognizes words for common items like “cup”, “shoe”, “book”, or “juice”
  • Begins to respond to requests (e.g. “Come here” or “Want more?”)
  • pay attention to music – time to go to Kindermusik ;}

uff I am tired just reading all the things these little babies have to accomplish! And we complain about all the things we have to do!

What is your baby doing?