|Feeding/Eating||Activities to promote
speech and language development
|By 3 Months||Seems
parents voice and
quiet when crying.
Startles to loud sounds.
Smiles when spoken to.
Produces different cries for varied needs.
Coos and gurgles.
sucking from breast
Feeding, bathing and dressing are good times to share facial expressions and connect using eye contact. Sing and talk to your baby throughout the day.
Infants will enjoy spending time on your lap while you look through picture or first books. These early experiences may lend themselves to an early, inquisitive reader!
Play games where your baby can imitate your gestures, sounds or words.
Imitate your baby’s gestures, sounds, and words.
Use short, simple language.
Talk to your baby during all of the activities you do together, telling him/her what you are doing, where you are going and describing the world around you.
Respond to your baby’s speech as if everything he or she says is meaningful.
|By 6 Months||
Looks for source of new sounds.
Attends to music.
Discriminates between angry and friendly voices.
Attempts to interact with an adult.
By 6 months, cereals and purees may be introduced.
Attends to new words.
Understands simple questions.
to respond to
Understands his/her name.
Consistently responds to being told “no.”
Follows simple directions like “give” and “get.
Understands 50 words.
Identifies six body parts or clothing items.
May have one or two words.
Imitates some speech sounds.
Uses speech to gain attention and keep attention.
Plays Pat-a-cake or “So Big!”
Imitates familiar words.Uses common words like “Mama” and “Dada” and other nouns.
Talks more than using gestures to communicate.
Imitates words overheard in conversation.
Transitions from formula or breast milk to cow’s milk.
Develops a more mature chewing pattern to eat a diet similar to an adult’s.
Mealtimes are neater.
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