Speech Therapy

Stages of speech development in children

Natural sounds (0-2 months)
Natural sounds (0-2 months)

These the natural sounds that babies make, e.g. crying, coughing, burping, and swallowing.

Cooing and laughter (2-5 months)
Cooing and laughter (2-5 months)

Baby makes these vocalizations when they are comfortable and content. These  typically consist of vowel and consonant sounds.

Vocal play (4-8 months)
Vocal play (4-8 months)

Now, the baby starts to make longer and more continuous streams of either vowel or consonant sounds.

Babbling (7-13 months)
Babbling (7-13 months)

This is an important stage in the baby’s language development which tends to linger in the parents’ memory for long. At this stage, the child practices individual sounds and sound sequences, and gradually gains the motor skills needed  to produce adult words.

One Word Stage (12-24 months)
One Word Stage (12-24 months)

Now, the child starts expressing adult words to communicate their  feelings, needs, wants etc. The child starts to name and label the objects and people around them.

Two Word Stage (20-30 months)
Two Word Stage (20-30 months)

The child starts producing two-word combinations like where katie, shoe on, daddy car etc.

Three Word Stage and beyond (28 months +)
Three Word Stage and beyond (28 months +)

The child learns to elaborate their two-word utterances by adding incorporating at least one more word, e.g. he hit ball, me kiss mummy.

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