Toddler Time

Language Developmental Milestones

A common concern with many parents is in their child’s language development. Here are some developmental guidelines given by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association that can help you navigate language development in those toddler years!

Between 12-24 months

Hearing and Understanding

Points to body parts when asked

  • Follows simple commands and understands simple questions (“Roll the ball,” “Kiss      the baby,” “Where’s your shoe?”)
  • Listens to simple stories, songs and rhymes
  • Points to pictures in a book when named


  • Says more words each month.
  • Uses one / two word phrases (“Go bye-bye,” “no juice”)
  • Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words

Between 24-36 Months

Hearing and Understanding

Understands differences in meaning (go/stop, in/on, big/little)

  • Follows two requests (“Get the book and put it on the table”)
  • Can listen and enjoy stories for longer periods of time


Has a word for almost anything

  • Uses two / three words  phrases
  • Uses k ,g, f, t, d and n sounds
  • Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time
  • Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them


Please keep in mind that all children develop at different times and at different rates. If you feel that your child is not developing appropriately you should talk with your child’s Pediatrician about your concerns.