Typical Speech Development

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Typical Speech Development
By 15 Months
Vocabulary consists of 5-10 words
Imitates new less familiar words
Understands 50 words
Increases variety of coarsely chopped table foods
By 12 Months
Meaningfully uses “mama” or “dada”
Responds to simple commands, e.g.
“come here”
Produces long strings of gibberish (jargoning) in social communication
Begins to use an open cup
By 9 Months
Increases variety of sounds and syllable combinations in babbling
Looks at familiar objects and people when named
Begins to eat junior and mashed table foods
By 6 Months
Begins to use consonant sounds in babbling, e.g. “dada”
Uses babbling to get attention
Begins to eat cereals and pureed foods
By 3 Months
Sucks and swallows well during feeding
Quiets or smiles in response to sound or voice
Coos or vocalizes other than crying
Turns head toward direction of sound