3 – 6 Months
Your baby awakens or quiets to the sound of your voice. He/she typically turns eyes and head in the direction of the source of the sound.
7 – 10 Months
Your baby turns his head towards familiar sounds, even when he cannot see what is happening:o Dog barking or paper rustling Familiar footsteps Someone’s voice.
11 – 15 Months
Your infant understands some words by making appropriate responses or behavior:o “Where’s the cat?”o “Find the truck”He/she tries to imitate and match sounds with own speech production (often nonsensical syllables), especially in response to human voices or loud noises.
1 1/2 Years
Your child identifies things in response to questions, such as parts of the body. He/she uses a few single words. While not complete or perfectly pronounced, the words should be clearly meaningful.
Your child follows simple commands without visual clues from the speaker:o “Get your book and give it to Daddy”o “Bring me that ball”He/she puts words together to make sentences, although they are not complete or grammatically correct:o “Juice all gone”o “Go bye-bye car”Your child uses everyday words heard at home or at daycare/school. He/she enjoys being read to and shown pictures in a book or magazine and points out pictures upon request. There is interest in the radio and television as shown by word or action.
2 1/2 Years
Your child says or sings short rhymes and songs and enjoys music. When interesting sounds are heard, he/she responds by investigating the noise or telling someone what has been heard:o Car door slamso Telephone rings.
Your child understands and uses simple verbs, pronouns, and adjectives:o Go, come, run, singo Me, you, him, hero Big, green, sweetHe/she locates the source of a sound automatically. Complete sentences are often used.
Your child is able to give connected account of some recent experiences. He/she can carry out a sequence of two simple directions:o “Find your sister and bring her here”o “Get the ball and throw it to the dog” .
Your child’s speech should be intelligible, although some sounds may still be mispronounced. Neighbors and other adults outside the family can understand most of what your child says and his grammatical patterns should match theirs most of the time. He/she can carry on a conversation, although vocabulary may be limited. Pronouns should be used correctly, “I” instead of ‘me”, “He” instead of “him” If your child does not exhibit the average behavior for his/her age, get professional advice from your doctor, your hospital, or a local speech and hearing clinic. No child is too young to be tested or to be helped if a hearing loss is suspected. There is really no reason not to have your child medically evaluated for a hearing loss and every reason to have it done. If no hearing loss exists, the test will not have hurt your child. However, if there is a hearing problem, early detection is a must. Remember, early diagnosis of a hearing loss in your child ensures that you can begin an immediate fitting of hearing aids and an early start in an educational program for children with hearing impairments. It is VITAL that children with impaired hearing receive proper medical attention and the necessary specialized educational and auditory training as early as possible!