As a parent, guardian, or teacher of young children, you’re probably already doing a great job keeping track of developmental milestones. One of the most important milestones to be mindful of are your child’s language development milestones.
If you’re a parent, guardian, or teacher of young children, you’re likely already keeping track of your child’s developmental milestones. One milestone continuum to be especially mindful of is your child’s language development. We’re here to guide you through some very basic language development milestones, and to show you how our Roybi Robot can help!
Infant Language Development
As wild as it seems, your child has been developing his or her language from the very beginning.
- At three months old, your baby might recognize the sound of your voice
- At six months old, your baby might be moving his or her eyes in the direction of various sounds
- At one year old, your baby might already be making a few sounds on their own!
These are all really exciting moments in any child and parent’s life. Keeping track of your little one’s language skills brings so much pride as you realize how far your child’s come and how quickly he or she is growing!
Toddler Language Development
When your child enters toddlerhood, the language milestones change quickly from when he or she was an infant.
If your child is between the ages of 2 and 3, these are some of the milestones to look for:
- Using short, three-word sentences
- Recognizing and using pronouns like you, me, and him
- Using adjectives like small or sad or silly
Language Development for Ages 3 +
By now, your child might be able to express himself or herself more fully. Before age 3, a child is using language as a tool to make sense of the world around him or her. They’ll be using language to name objects, locations, names of people, etc.
It’s really common for children to throw tantrums before they reach this milestone. This is because your child might not have yet developed the language to express his or her needs. Tantrums are frustrating for everyone involved, but they are common. Your role as a parent and caregiver is to help give your child the appropriate language he or she needs.
Soon your child will have the language skills to express their feelings, needs, and wants more fully. This will be a really exciting time for you as a parent because you’ll notice having conversations with your 3-7-year-old will be more fun, colorful, and engaging!
What Can I Do To Support Language Development?
You’ll hear time and again from child development professionals that talking with your child from infancy is one of the best proactive measures you can take to nurture your child’s language skills.
Child development professionals like teachers, pediatricians, and speech-language pathologists will nearly always insist that talking to your child from infancy will is one of the best proactive measures you can take to nurture your child’s language skills.
Model sophisticated language and expand on what your child is telling you. Gently correct language mistakes. Your child might say “I here”. This is a good opportunity to respond, “Yes, you are here!”
Singing songs with your child is also an incredible way to help your child develop his or her language skills. Music makes learning fun and has a unique way of making connections in the brain. Learning through music makes learning stick!
The Roybi Robot Can Help!
The Roybi Robot makes conversations and singing songs even more fun! Your child can have conversations with their new robot friend which helps boost language and conversation skills and allow your child to interact with the innovative technology in a meaningful way.
Keep in mind that all children develop at different rates and that no two children are alike. Avoid comparing your child to his or her siblings, family members, or classmates. While there is a general timeline for acquiring basic language skills, don’t panic if your child isn’t exactly on schedule.
If you have questions about your child’s language development, always consult a pediatrician and other childhood development professionals.