Speech and language development
Speech is assessed in conjunction with hearing. Impaired hear-ing will affect language development. Age of acquisition of language is very varied.
· Newborn will quieten to voices and startle to loud noises.
· By 6wks: responds to mother’s voice.
· By 12wks:
· will vocalize alone or when spoken to;
· begins to coo and laugh.
· At 6mths will use consonant monosyllables, e.g. ‘ba’ or ‘da’.
· By 8mths will use non-specific two-syllable babble, e.g. ‘mama’ or ‘dada’.
· By 13mths two-syllable words become appropriate and develops understanding of other single words (e.g. ‘drink’ or ‘no’).
· By 18mths:
· vocabulary of 10 words;
· demonstrate 6 parts of the body.
Conversation becomes increasingly complex with sentence development in the 2nd year.
· By24mths begin to combine 2 words together progressing to 3-words phrases by the age of 2yrs (e.g. ‘Give me toy’ or ‘get me drink’).
By 3yrs knows age, name and several colours.