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Language Milestones

Parents can watch for these predictable signs of language development:

  • By 3 Months:
    Smiles at the sound of your voice and begins to babble. Begins to imitate some sounds and turns her head toward the direction of the sound.
  • By 7 Months:
    Responds to his own name. Begins to respond to "no" and to distinguish emotions by tone of voice. Responds to sound by making sounds. Uses voice to express happiness and displeasure and babble chains of consonants.
  • By 1 Year:
    Pays increasing attention to speech and responds to simple verbal requests and to "no." Babbles with inflection and says "dada" and "mama." Uses exclamations such as "Uh-oh!" and tries to imitate words.
  • By 2 Years:
    Recognizes names of familiar people, objects and body parts. Points to objects or a picture when it is named for her. Says several single words (by 15 to 18 months). Uses phrases (by 18 to 24 months). Follows simple instructions and repeats words overhead in conversation.
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