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8 Month Speech and Language Checklist

Cognitive Skills

  • Performs action manually with mechanical toy
  • Takes objects out of container

Pragmatic Skills

  • Appears to “listen” to a conversation
  • Indicates his/her wants by vocalizing instead of crying
  • Responds to expression of emotion
  • Rejects by turning the head
  • Crying indicates different needs, emotions

Semantic Skills

  • Stops an activity when you use the word “no-no”
  • Stops an activity regularly when name is called
  • Recognizes names of familiar people
  • Vocalizes word-like utterances using two identifiable consonants
  • Recognizes names of common objects, e.g., “Kitty,” “bottle,” “blanket”

Phonetic Skills

  • Discriminates primary caretaker’s voice from stranger’s
  • Combines consonants and vowels in babbling, e.g., “baba”
  • Uses long chains of babbled sounds
  • Imitates speech sounds
  • Exhibits vocal variations of intensity; shouts
  • “Sings” along with music

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.