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Developmental Milestones

Hearing Milestones

Ask your child's pediatrician for a referral to a pediatric audiologists if any of the following occur:Your Infant:

  • Does not pass newborn hearing screening

  • Does not babble or make sounds by the age of 9 months

Your Child:

  • Does not respond to sounds

  • Does not understand simple commands by the age of 2

  • Does not imitate or produce words by the age of 18 to 24 months

  • Cannot be understood by family and/or caregivers by the age of 3

  • Cannot be understood by individuals with whom they do not associate regularly

  • Cannot correctly produce most speech sounds

  • Has poor voice quality

  • Continues to stutter past the age of 5

Speech Milestones

Call to schedule a screening with our speech-language pathologists if your child has not met these milestones:By age 2 years, your child should:

  • Identify basic body parts and clothing

  • Follow 2-step directions

  • Use two-word phrases frequently

  • Use 50 different words

By age 3 years, your child should:

  • Understand common action words

  • Answer yes/no questions correctly

  • Use simple sentences

  • Be understood by familiar listeners

By age 4 years, your child should:

  • Recognize actions in pictures

  • Name a variety of pictured objects

  • Combine 4+ words in spontaneous speech

  • Be understood by familiar and/or unfamiliar listeners

By age 5 years, your child should:

  • Answer questions logically and

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