Giraffe

Speech and Language Developmental Scale

Age (months) Receptive Language Expressive Language
0-3
  • Startle to loud noise
  • Attends to voices
  • Random vocalizing
  • Coos
3-6
  • Turns toward voice
  • Anticipates feedings
  • Babbles, Laughs
  • Vocalizes with intonation
6-9
  • Attends to pictures
  • Responds to sound not visible
  • Attends to singing
  • Vocalizes two syllables
  • Imitates syllables
  • Sings along with songs
9-12
  • Gives objects upon request
  • Understands simple questions
  • Looks at objects named
  • Responds to "no"
  • Says "mama" or "dada"
  • Imitate non-speech sound
  • Says one or two words
  • Vocalizes with intent
12-15
  • Identifies 3 body parts
  • Shows use of objects
  • Identify pictures
  • Imitates animal sounds
  • Shakes head "no"
  • Names objects
15-18
  • Identify six body parts
  • Understands 50 words
  • Identify by category
  • Chooses objects upon request
  • Uses 15 words
  • Asks "Whats that"
  • Asks for "more"
  • Imitates many words
18-21
  • Identify clothing items
  • Identify more pictures
  • Understands "come here"
  • Uses two word phrases
  • Imitates three word phrase
  • Verbalizes needs
21-24
  • Follows novel command
  • Understands action words
  • Understands new words
  • Follows a two-step command
  • Uses 50-100 words
  • Refers to self by name
  • Uses new words
  • Uses plurals
24-27
  • Understands size concepts
  • Understands the concept of one
  • Uses toys appropriately
  • Uses three word phrase
  • Uses action words
  • Asks for assistance
27-30
  • Responds to simple questions
  • Identifies object by function
  • Understands location phrases
  • Names one color
  • Uses negatives
  • Uses two sentence types
30-33
  • Understands the concept of all
  • Follows comples commands
  • Understands action words
  • Answers yes/no questions
  • Uses prepositions
  • States gender
33-36
  • Identifies parts of an object
  • Responds to wh___ questions
  • Identify 7 colors
  • Understands descriptive concepts
  • Counts to five
  • Uses verb forms
  • Uses possessives