| * Recognises familiar voices; stops crying when hears themAware of other sounds; turns head towards sounds * Responds to smiles; moves whole body in response to sound/to attract attention * Pauses to listen to others; makes noises as well as crying e.g. burbling.
| 3-12 months
| * Responds with smiles * Recognises family names, but cannot say them * Enjoys looking at pictures and books * Even more responsive to voices and music * Participates in simple games e.g. ‘peep-po’. tries to imitate sounds e.g. during rhymes. * Starts babbling, uses single syllable sounds e.g. ‘daa’, ‘baa’ and ‘maa’ * From about 7 months uses two syllable sounds. * Shouts to attract attention.
| 1-2 yrs
| * Says more words every month. * Uses some one or two word questions ("Where kitty?" "Go bye-bye?" "What's that?"). * Puts two words together ("more cookie," "no juice," "mummy book"). * Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words.
| 2-3 yrs
| * Has a word for almost everything. * Uses two- or three- words to talk about and ask for things. * Uses k, g, f, t, d, and n sounds. * Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time. * Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them.
| 3-4 yrs
| * Talks about activities at school or at friends' homes. * People outside of the family usually understand child's speech. * Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words. * Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words.
| 4-5 yrs
| * Uses sentences that give lots of details ("The biggest peach is mine"). * Tells stories that stick to topic. * Communicates easily with other children and adults. * Says most sounds correctly except a few like l, s, r, v, z, ch, sh, th. * Says rhyming words. * Names some letters and numbers. * Uses the same grammar as the rest of the family.
| 5-6 yrs
| * • Use language for an increasing number of educational purposes e.g....
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