Expected Speech and Language Skills, Mango Elephants Pediatric Speech, Language and Wellness Services

Expected Speech & Language Skills in a Young Child (age 3 and under):

By age 1:

Recognizes name
Says 2-3 words besides “mama” or “dada”
Imitates familiar words 
Understands some simple commands 
Looks at familiar objects and people when named 
Makes a variety of sounds or gestures, like pointing, waving or holding up arms 

Between 1-2 years:

Uses 10-20 words 
Adds new words regularly 
Points to pictures, when named, in books
Combines two words (e.g., “mommy bye-bye”)
Enjoys simple stories, songs and rhymes 
Makes animal/environmental sounds (e.g., beep beep, woof woof, etc.)
Identifies body parts 

Between 2-3 years:

Uses k, g, f, t, d, and n sounds
Produces speech that is clear, even to familiar people
Uses two- or three-word phrases
Asks “what’s that?” And “where’s my?”
Combines nouns and verbs “mommy go”
Has a 450 word vocabulary




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