|Age||Language||Speech||Social and Play||Eating and Drinking|
|3-6 months||Turns head towards voice.
|Makes cooing sounds.||Attempts to interact with an adult.||Breast or bottle feeding, they should be putting their hands on the bottle during feeding.|
|6-9 months||Waves "bye bye".
|Babbles with sounds like "puh", "mi" etc.||Vocalises to get attention.||Finger feeding solids and they will help caregiver with spoon.|
|9-12 months||Gives objects on request.
Uses 1-2 words.
|Babbles longer sounds like "mimi" "baba" etc.||Joint attention starts developing.||Drinks from a cup held by the caregiver, eats a variety of foods and deliberately reaches for the spoon.|
|12-18 months||Understands 50 words.
Uses 15 meaningful words.
|Speech should be 25% intelligible.||Points, shows or gives objects.||Holds a spoon and a cup with both hands for self-feeding, stops using baby bottle.|
|18-24 months||Understands new words rapidly.
Uses 50 words.
|Says p, b, m, n, w sounds in words.
Speech should be 50% intelligible.
|Joint attention is well established.||Drinks using a straw, able to self-feed and eat a variety of textured foods.|
|2-3 years||Understands 2-3 step instructions.
Uses 2-3 word sentences.
|Says k, g, t, d, h sounds in words.
Speech should be 75% intelligible.
|Parallel play with other children.||Holds a cup with 1 hand without spilling and uses a fork, eats a variety of solid foods and is not a fussy eater.|
|3-4 years||Responds to "wh" questions.
Tells you what they have been doing.
|Can produce all sounds except sh, ch, j, th, r.
Speech should be 90-100% intelligible.
|Uses a doll as a play mate.||Self feeds a variety of foods and drinks and is able to use a knife and fork.|
|4-5 years||Follows 4-5 step instructions.
Vocabulary of 1500 words.
Uses a variety of grammatical structures.
|Can produce all sounds except th, sh, r.||Engages in role-play and co-operative play.||Self feeds a variety of foods and drinks.|
|5-7 years||Identifies and describes element of a story.
Compares and contrasts old and new information.
|Can produce all sounds except th, r.||Understands jokes.||Self feeds a variety of foods and drinks.|
We recommend you contact us if you have any concerns regarding your child's speech, language and/or feeding development.
Some of the above information has been obtained from ASHA, Hanen Centre & Caroline Bowen.