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Language is a key development in a child’s life. Language allows for effective communication and further social development. Delayed or underdeveloped language skills in a child may be an indication of other problems such as hearing disabilities. Language development milestones begin with sound and syllable imitation in infants and toddlers, which leads to basic vocabulary and later the use of full sentences, grammar, and the use of articles are learned and utilized.
If a child’s language development is delayed or underdeveloped, this may be an indication of hearing problems and could be a reason to consult a physician. Early signs to look for impaired language and possibly social development are lack of cooing and babbling during infancy, followed by the lack of a child beginning to string syllables together and eventually forming simple words. Later on, successful language skills contribute to effective reading and comprehension skills, as well as problem solving and social interactions.
In our guide, you’ll find tables listing specific developmental milestones for each category, including fine and gross motor skills, self-care, cognitive abilities, and language development, as well as others. We strive to increase the understanding that these milestones are only a guide, and that because each child is unique the age at which they reach these milestones will vary. Each page of the guide includes a section listing the age, including years and months, at which children typically develop the particular milestone.
The Developmental Milestones Guide serves as an essential part of your everyday screenings and goal writing sessions. Instead of spending valuable time and effort researching and looking up individual milestones, the Developmental Milestones Guide offers everything you need in one handy place. Download a digital copy of the guide, or order your printed copy today.