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7 Important Language Development Milestones to Know

Early Language Development…

Are you curious about the speech development milestones from birth to five years? Those initial years of learning are crucial. Northshore Pediatric therapy shares a wonderful infograph of language milestones and is linked below.

The first 3 years of life, when the brain is developing and maturing, is the most intensive period for acquiring speech and language skills. These skills develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others. ~Department Of Health and Human Services

Important Language Development Milestones

Here are 7:

  • Birth-1 Cooing and Bable Sounds Develop
  • 1-2 Combines vowels and consonants
  • 2-3 50-75% of speech can be understood
  • 3-5 Can produce most vowel sounds
  • 3 1/2 can produce tw and kw combos
  • 5 1/2 100% understood by unfamiliar listeners
  • 5 1/2 sh and th combos
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To view the full infograph, please visit:


Developmental Milestones: Baby Talk from First Sounds to First Words

When do babies start talking? In this video, you will see and hear developmental milestones in speech during a child’s first year—from the very first sounds to first words.

Talk and read to your baby as much as you can to help him or her develop important speech skills.

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Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at
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