Starting Speech

Steps to take if you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development.

Step 1: Developmental Milestones

Find out if your child is meeting their developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are a list of things that most children can do by a certain age. Milestones are separated by areas of development.

  • Social/emotion
  • Language/communication
  • Cognition (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Movement/physical development

Speech and Language Milestones

  • Listening
  • Speaking 
  • Reading
  • Writing

Developmental Milestones by Age/End of Grade

2 Months

4 Months

6 Months

9 Months

18 Months

2 Years

3 Years

4 Years 

5 Years


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

All Ages


“Your Child's Communication Development: Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade.” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association,

“Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 Oct. 2017,