What to expect – Language

Every child is different

Parents (and professionals) sometimes wonder if a child is “doing OK”. It is tempting to compare with a child next door, or a previous child in the family.

The truth is that every child develops differently and at different speeds. There is not a precise timetable. Most of the time, it does not matter if a child says their first word earlier or later – it does not make a difference in the long run.

But there are basic patterns of what you can expect. Click on the poster below that is the age group you want to know about.

You can also find lots of ideas for what to do by following these links for babies and infants, or toddlers, or for 3-5-year-olds

What to expect

What you can do

Before Birth…

…try these!

First year or so …

…Try these!

After first birthday…

…try these

From about 2 onwards …

…try these

From about 3 onwards …

…try these

From about 4 onwards …

…try these
From about 5-6 onwards …


…try these


Looking for more ideas?

Click on the pictures below for more strategies and ideas to support language and communication:

Babies and infants


3-5 year-olds