Language Milestones – 6-12 Months Old

6 to 9 Months

Understanding LanguageUsing Language
Enjoys games such as peek-a-boo and pat-a-cakeMakes a variety of babbling noises (e.g., bababa, mamama, wiwiwi, etc.)
Listens when spoken toImitates simple actions with objects (e.g., bang a drum, shake a rattle, etc.)
Recognizes familiar words (e.g., book, cup, mommy, etc.)Uses vocalizations (crying and non-crying) to get an adult's attention
Responds to "no" most of the timeAttempts to imitate simple actions of an adult (e.g., wave, clap, etc.)
Responds to own name

9 to 12 Months

Understanding LanguageUsing Language
Understand between 3-50 wordsUses gestures to communicate (e.g., points to desired items, waves, lifts arms to be picked up, etc.)
Enjoys songs and rhymesVocalizes during play alone or with another person
Responds by looking at what an adult points toImitates different speech sounds
Responds to simple requests (e.g., come here, give me the..., etc.)Uses a variety of consonant sounds in jargon, babbling or words (e.g., b, p, d, t, m, n, w, y, h)

Language Milestones

6 – 12 Months Old

It is important to monitor your child’s language development milestones right from birth. The following provides a general guideline for behaviours your child should be demonstrating by a specific age for healthy language development.

This chart is meant for informative purposes only and is not a substitute for a speech and language assessment. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s speech and language development it is recommended you discuss this with your doctor or contact a local speech-language pathologist where you are living.

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