How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?

Your Child's Communication Development: Birth to Five Years

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Your child starts communicating with you long before he says his first word. Learn more about what your child should do in their first 5 years and how you can help.

Speech, language, or hearing problems can lead to trouble making friends and doing well in school.  Getting help early helps your child succeed.  

Find your child's age below and learn about her speech, language, and hearing development.

Children develop at their own rate. These charts tell you when most children who speak only one language will reach each milestone. Your child should master the skills listed by the time he reaches the top of the age range. Missing one skill in the age range does not mean he has a problem. You may want to seek help if you answer "no" to most of the skills.


Your Child's Communication Development:

Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade

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Is your child in elementary school? Use this guide to learn about your child's speech and language development.

Children develop at their own rate. The skills listed are what most children can do by the end of that grade.

Speech-language pathologists, or SLPs, work with children who have speech and language problems.