How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?

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Your child starts communicating with you long before he says his first word. Learn more about what your child should do in his first 5 years and how you can help.

Speech, language, or hearing problems can lead to trouble making friends and doing well in school. Give your child success—get help early.

Find your child's age below and learn about her speech, language, and hearing development.

Children develop at their own rate. These charts tell you when most children who speak only one language will reach each milestone. Your child should master the skills listed by the time he reaches the top of the age range. Missing one skill in the age range does not mean he has a problem. You may want to seek help if you answer "no" to most of the skills.

What should I do if I think that my child may have a speech, language, or hearing problem?

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