Speech and Language Milestones,Birth to 1 Year - Topic Overview
Speech and language development milestones relate to receptive
language (the ability to understand words and sounds) and expressive language
(the ability to use speech and gestures to communicate meaning).
Receptive language skills are the first communication skills learned.
Expressive language also begins soon after birth. Speech progresses from
isolated sounds to possibly making a simple word or two (like "mama") by the
end of the first year.
Speech and language milestones
Babies less than 1 month old:
Listen to the rhythm and melodies of
Usually can pick out their mother's
Learn the rhythm and melodies of two languages when both are
frequently spoken in their environment.
Use undifferentiated crying, which is
crying that sounds the same and does not vary by specific need.
1- to 4-month-old babies:
As early as 1 month, may recognize the
basic and distinct sounds of a language (phonemes), such as "tr" and