Speech and Language Development Stages: By Age 1

Speech and Language Milestones

  • Recognizes name
  • May say 2-3 words besides “mama” and “dada”
  • Imitates familiar words
  • Understands simple instructions
  • Recognizes words as symbols for objects: Car – points to garage, cat – meows


Activities to encourage child speech and language development

  • Respond to coos, gurgles, and babbling
  • Talk out loud as you care for him or her throughout the day
  • Read colorful books every day
  • Tell nursery rhymes and sing songs
  • Teach the names of everyday items and familiar people
  • Offer exposure to new situations and activities
  • Play simple games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake”



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