Speech and Hearing Checklist
By 6 months of age
- Does your infant stop moving or crying when you call him/her, make noise or play music?
- Does your infant startle when he/she hears a sudden, loud sound?
- Can your infant find the source of a sound?
By 12 months of age
- Does your baby make sounds such as "ba," "ga" or "puh"?
- Does your baby respond to sounds such as footsteps, a ringing telephone or a spoon stirring in a cup?
- Does your baby use one word in a meaningful way?
By 18 months of age
- Does your child follow simple directions or respond to simple questions without gestures, such as "Go get your shoes"; "Show me your nose;" and "Where is Mommy?"
- Will your child correctly imitate sounds you make?
- Does your child use at least three different words meaningfully?
By 24 months of age
- When you show your child a picture, can he correctly identify five objects you name?
- Can your child say at least 20 different words?
- Does your child combine words to make little sentences such as "Daddy go bye-bye"; "Me water;" or "More juice?"
By 3 years of age
- Does your child remember and repeat parts of simple rhymes or songs?
- Can your child tell the difference between words such as "my-your;" "in-under;" "big-little?"
- Can your child answer simple questions such as "What is your name?" or "What flies?"
By 4 years of age
- Does your child use three to five words in an average sentence?
- Does your child ask a lot of questions?
- Does your child answer or speak fluently without stuttering or stammering?
By 5 years of age
- Can your child talk for awhile about things that have happened?
- Is your child’s voice normal (not hoarse) or does your child talk through his/her nose?
- Can other people understand almost everything your child says?