Disclaimer: This fact sheet is for education purposes only. Please consult with your doctor or other health professional to make sure this information is right for your child. [PDF Version available]

Right from birth, babies learn language and communication skills and are able to react to different sounds. They develop skills to understand language long before they start speaking. Each baby will develop these skills at a different rate, although there is a general pattern of early language development.

Things babies do before they learn to talk

Babies interact with their world by: 
This is a very important period for communication and language development. These skills need to be encouraged.

Developing first words

Gradually, children begin to develop more meaningful communication by: 
By the age of two years: 
By the age of three years: 
What you can do to help your children learn to listen and talk 
When to get help

It is important to remember that every child develops at a different rate. If you are concerned that your child's talking is not developing, please contact a Speech Pathologist at your nearest Hospital or Community Health Centre. Private speech pathologists may also be able to assist you and your child.


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