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?