Healthy Children Milestone Category


Milestone Name Expected Age
Responds to own name 7
Begins to respond to “no” 7
Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice 7
Responds to sound by making sounds 7
Uses voice to express joy and displeasure 7
Babbles chains of consonants 7
Pays increasing attention to speech 12
Responds to “no” 12
Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head for “no” 12
Babbles with inflection 12
Says “dada” and “mama” 12
Uses exclamations, such as “oh-oh!” 12
Tries to imitate words 12
Points to object or picture when it’s named for him 24
Recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts 24
Says several single words 18
Uses simple phrases 24
Uses two- to four-word sentences 24
Repeats words overheard in conversation 24
Understands the concepts of “same” and “different” 48
Has mastered some basic rules of grammar 48
Speaks in sentences of five to six words 48
Speaks clearly enough for strangers to understand 48
Tells stories 48
Recalls part of a story 60
Speaks sentences of more than five words 60
Uses future tense 60
Tells longer stories 60
Says name and address 60
Follows simple instructions 24
Responds to simple verbal requests 12