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24 Month Speech and Language Checklist

Cognitive Skills

  • Uses conventional objects in symbolic play, such as “feeding” baby dolls with spoons and bottles; “driving the car”, etc.

Pragmatic Skills

  • Refers to self by name
  • Attempts to describe events after they occur
  • Verbalizes basic needs for food and drink

Semantic Skills

  • Understands “in,” “on,” “off,” “under,””big,” and “little”
  • Understands the meanings of 500-900 words
  • Imitates new words that you say
  • Uses 200 words
  • Identifies about five body parts
  • Uses words in creative ways (e.g., a stick thrown into the sky becomes a bird)

Phonetic Skills

  • Uses speech that is 75% understandable to friends and family, although many speech “errors” can be heard
  • Uses no jargon

Syntactic Skills

  • Follows simple one-step commands
  • Combines two and three words, e.g., “more milk,” “Daddy bye-bye”
  • Answers your statements, questions, or requests, e.g., “Do you want more milk?” Answer: “No milk”
  • Vocalizes a great deal in a group but use very little true conversation
  • Uses “me,” “you,” and “mine” although not always correctly

If your child is not showing the above speech, language, and 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.