Speech and Language Development

12-17 months

Expressive Language: Communication of wants/needs/thoughts. Includes speech 

Receptive Language: Comprehension of speech and language

Expressive Language:

  • Points to communicate wants

  • Babbles with intent and vocalizes for enjoyment (squeals)

  • Imitates familiar words (like those found in Babble Books Stage One)

  • Waves hello/goodbye

  • Uses a handful of words (usually nouns)

Receptive Language:

  • Understands "no"

  • Recognizes her/his name

  • Gives a toy/book on request

  • Understands simple directions ("Throw the ball")

  • Listens to simple stories like Babble Books

Every baby is different. Contact your primary physician if you have any concerns.

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