Important Milestones: Normal Language Development

Introduction

Parents of young children are always concerned about whether or not their child is developing along normal stages. One of the major developmental milestones for children is language development. Without a frame of reference, a parent may make false assumptions and create unnecessary anxiety over the language development of his/her child. This Parent Conference Handout will provide parents with a developmental frame of reference for language from Birth to 5 years old.

As mentioned in previous handouts involving milestones, children develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when yours will learn a given skill. The developmental milestones below will give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child gets older, but don't be alarmed if your child takes a slightly different course.

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