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Developmental Milestones

Milestones: How does your child hear and talk?

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.

Milestones: Speech Sound Development

Children may say some sounds the wrong way as they learn to talk. They learn some sounds earlier, like p, m, or w. Other sounds take longer to learn, like z, v, or th. Most children can say almost all speech sounds correctly by 4 years old. A child who does not say sounds by the expected ages may have a speech sound disorder. You may hear the terms "articulation disorder" and "phonological disorder" to describe speech sound disorders like this.

Milestones: Language Acquisition

Children learn at different rates. These informational guides show what most children can do beginning at kindergarten up to elementary school the areas of: Listening, Talking, Reading, and Writing.

Milestones: Feeding

This resource article focuses on children from birth to 2 years of age and older. It highlights the four key areas in the development of feeding are the acquisition of:

  • skills related to feeding and eating

  • specific feeding skills

  • taste, texture and food preferences

  • appetite regulation

Milestones: Language Delays in Toddlers

Your baby is able to communicate with you long before he or she speaks a single word! A baby's cry, smile, and responses to you help you to understand his or her needs. Learn how children communicate and what to do when there are concerns about delays in development.

Developmental Milestones: Articles & Resources
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