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12 Month Speech and Language Checklist

Cognitive Skills

  • Imitates simple actions
  • Looks for objects removed from line of vision
  • Predicts outcomes from events (e.g., flipping a light switch will turn on/off the light)
  • Puts objects into containers
  • Transfers objects from one hand to another
  • Recognizes familiar objects, persons, and pets

Pragmatic Skills

  • Responds to environmental sounds
  • Semantic Skills
  • Understands 50 words
  • Waves “bye-bye”
  • Complies with simple commands occasionally (e.g., “give me,” “come here”)
  • Says first words
  • Points and vocalizes as a way of obtaining objects

Phonetic Skills

  • Babbles while looking at a book
  • Imitates new sounds and words

If your child is not showing the above speech and language related skills, a consultation is recommended with a licensed speech and language pathologist who can provide you with suggestions which may prevent a communication problem from developing, determine if a screening test or in-depth diagnostic testing is needed at this time, and/or provide you with possible funding sources if treatment is needed.