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Pediatric Age-Appropriate Speech and Language Milestones

The ability to hear is essential for proper speech and language development. Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately. The following are some age-related guidelines that may help to decide if your child is experiencing hearing problems.

It is important to remember that not every child is the same. Children reach milestones at different ages. Talk your child's healthcare provider if you are suspicious that your child is not developing speech and language skills correctly. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and other experts list the following age-appropriate speech and language milestones for babies and young children.


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What are the milestones related to speech and language for children?

Birth to 5 months

6 to 11 months

12 to 17 months

18 to 23 months

2 to 3 years

3 to 4 years

4 to 5 years

5 years

Providers Who Treat Age-Appropriate Speech and Language Milestones

Departments that Treat Age-Appropriate Speech and Language Milestones

Hearing and Speech Center

The Hearing and Speech Center at Children's National Hospital provides expert diagnosis and care for children with audiology and communication disorders.

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