Communication is a fundamental skill for playing, learning and building relationships. Our therapists have been trained in various evidence-based treatment techniques to help children develop or regain functional and meaningful communication skills for life. In order to have good communication skills, a child must have age appropriate expressive and receptive language, articulation, pragmatic (social communication) skills, and good fluency. For a child who is not yet able to communicate verbally, our therapists may suggest an AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) device. Our speech therapists are trained to help your child with these skills in order to maximize their engagement with family and friends.
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+ By 3 Months
- Briefly gazes at people.
- Quiets when picked up.
+ By 6 Months
- Babbles for attention.
- Turns and looks in direction of sound.
- Makes many different sounds.
+ By 8 Months
- Responds to name.
- Produces 4 or more different sounds.
- Listens to own vocalizations.
- Tries to imitate sounds.
+ By 12 Months
- Using 2-6 words other than Mama and Dada.
- Imitates familiar words.
- Understands simple instructions.
- Recognizes word/object relations.
+ By 15 Months
- Word usuage is increasing.
- Asks for “more”.
- Waves bye-bye.
- Begining to point to pictures
+ By 18 Months
- Uses 10-20 words, including names.
- Points to toes, eyes and nose.
- Imitates words and sounds more precisely.
+ By 2 Years
- Has about a 300-word vocabulary.
- Listens for the meaning of words.
- 2-3 word sentence length
- Asks what and where questions.
- Asks for drink, toilet or food.
+ By 2.5 Years
- Has a 450 word vocbulary.
- Gives first name.
- Uses past tense.
- Likes to hear the same story repeated.
- Talks to children and adults.
- Can name common pictures and things.
+ By 3 Years
- Has a 1000 word vocabulary.
- Uses 3-4 word sentences.
- Can relay or tell a story or idea.
- Can stay on task for 8-9 minutes.
+ By 4 Years
- Uses 4-5 word sentences.
- Asks “who” and “why” questions.
- Identifies some colors and shapes.
- Stays on task for 11-12 minutes.
+ By 5 Years
- Uses 5-6 word sentences.
- Knows full name and address.
- Uses all speech sounds correctly.
- Asks questions to get information.
- Uses all types of sentences.
- Understands spatial relationships.
+ By 6 Years
- Has correct articulation for speech sounds.
- Uses adult grammar in conversation.
- Beginning to read simple words.
- Names days of the week in order and counts to 30.
- Ask a lot of “why”, “what,” and “how” questions.