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The SuperSpeech & Language Connection

Speech/Language/Social Communication

Speech and Language Development Chart

Hearing and Understanding

1-2 years

  • Points to a few body parts when asked.
  • Follows simple commands and understands simple questions ("Roll the ball," "Kiss the baby," "Where's your shoe?").
  • Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes.
  • Points to pictures in a book when named.

2-3 years

  • Understands differences in meaning ("go-stop," "in-on," "big-little," "up-down").
  • Follows two requests ("Get the book and put it on the table").
  • Listens to and enjoys hearing stories for longer periods of time

3-4 years

  • Hears you when you call from another room.

  • Hears television or radio at the same loudness level as other family members.
  • Answers simple "who?", "what?", "where?", and "why?" questions.

4-5 years

  • Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about them.

  • Hears and understands most of what is said at home and in school.


1-2 years

  • Says more words every month.
  • Uses some one- or two- word questions ("Where kitty?" "Go bye-bye?" "What's that?").
  • Puts two words together ("more cookie," "no juice," "mommy book").
  • Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

2-3 years

  • Has a word for almost everything.

  • Uses two- or three- words to talk about and ask for things.
  • Uses k, g, f, t, d, and n sounds.
  • Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time.
  • Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them.

3-4 years

  • Talks about activities at schoolor at friends' homes.

  • People outside of the family usually understand child's speech.
  • Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words.
  • Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words

4-5 years

  • Uses sentences that give lots of details ("The biggest peach is mine").

  • Tells stories that stick to topic.

  • Communicates easily with other children and adults.

  • Says most sounds correctly except a few like l, s, r, v, z, ch, sh, th.

  • Says rhyming words.

  • Names some letters and numbers.

  • Uses the same grammar as the rest of the family.