Communication Milestones

Not sure what to expect in terms of your child’s speech and language development? Check out our communication milestones to see if your little one is on track!


communication milestones 4-6 months

4-6 month Milestones
  • Moves eyes in direction of sounds
  • Responds to no and changes in tone of voice
  • Notices toys that make sounds
  • Recognizes voices
  • Uses sounds p, b and m in babbling
  • Smiles and laughs when spoken to
  • Vocalizes excitement and displeasure
  • Makes gurgling sounds when left alone and when playing with you

7-12 month Milestones
  • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Turns and looks in direction of sounds
  • Responds to own name
  • Recognizes words for common items such as “cup,” “shoe,” “book”
  • Begins to respond to requests (e.g. “Give me”)
  • Uses a large variety of sounds in babbling
  • Uses speech or non-crying sounds to get and keep attention
  • Uses gestures to communicate (waving, holding arms to be picked up)
  • Imitates different speech sounds
  • Has 1 – 3 meaningful words (hi, dog,dada, mama)


12-15 Month Milestones
  • Looks in the direction of when asked, ‘Where’s …?”
  • Engages in pretend play such as feeding a doll
  • Uses some words (signs and animal sounds count too!_
  • Understands “no”
  • Points to three body parts
  • Follows simple directions like, “Give it to me”
  • Understands differences in meaning (“go-stop,” “in-on,” “big-little,” “up-down”)
  • Follows 2-part commands (“Get the book and put it on the table”)
  • Understands 500 – 900+ words
  • Requests items by name
  • Uses 2 – 4 word phrases
  • Maintains topic over several conversational turns
  • Uses k, g, f, t, d, and n sounds
  • Produces 50 – 250+ words
  • Is approximately 50 – 75% intelligible


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