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Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
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. In the womb, babies hear and respond to familiar voices.
Soon after birth, your baby starts to learn expressive language skills. Around 6 to 9 months of age, most babies begin to make the link between sound and meaning. By 12 months, they may have mastered a few words and usually understand far more.
|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:
10- to 12-month-olds:
|John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||September 6, 2013|
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