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Speech and Language Milestones, Birth to 1 Year
Speech and language development milestones relate to receptive language (the ability to understand words and sounds) and expressive language (the ability to use speech and gestures to communicate meaning).
Receptive language skills are the first communication skills learned. Expressive language also begins soon after birth. Speech progresses from isolated sounds to possibly making a simple word or two (like "mama") by the end of the first year.
|Receptive language||Expressive language|
Babies less than 1 month old:
1- to 4-month-old babies:
5- to 6-month-olds:
7- to 9-month-olds:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||December 2, 2010|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 2, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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