Communication Sciences & Disorders
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Speech and Language Development

Development MilestonesDevelopment Chart

Child Development, 1-5 Years

How does your child hear and talk?

From ASHA:

The development of communication skills begins in infancy, before the emergence of the first word. Any speech or language problem is likely to have a significant effect on the child’s social and academic skills and behavior. The earlier a child’s speech and language problems are identified and treated, the less likely it is that problems will persist or get worse. Early speech and language intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork, and interpersonal relationships.

This information represents, on average, the age by which most monolingual speaking children will accomplish the listed skills. Children typically do not master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each age range. Just because your child has not accomplished one skill within an age range does not mean the child has a disorder. However, if you have answered no to the majority of items in an age range, seek the advice of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist .

Development Chart

Speech and Articulation Development Chart from

In the linked chart, each solid bar indicates when children generally master the specified sounds. This chart depicts a range of development and should only be used as a general guide.

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