May: AS THEY GROW: SPEECH AND LANGUAGE MILESTONES. Article on As They Grow: Conversations and Resources on Child Development

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Sarah Rosten, Clinical Director and Speech/Language Pathologist at Pediatric Interactions Inc., answers some common questions and concerns regarding Speech and Language Development.

How early do children use speech/language to communicate? What sort of milestones should I look for?

Between birth and 3 months old, your baby should be smiling and interacting with others using cooing sounds.  They begin to babble around 4 months of age, using sounds in the back of their throat and early consonants /p, b, m/.  Imitation of sounds, faces, and gestures is important throughout 7-12 months of age.  They are also starting to turn when  their name is called and look at/for objects named by others.  The sounds and combinations your child makes should continue to become more complex leading to the production of their first words.

Children start to form words around 12 months of age.

Read more on....milestones on later ages and what you can do at home