In regards to babbling and communication, I can’t really tell you how long it is going to take for your child to speak after they begin babbling as it’s different for every child.
I’ve had children on my caseload who babbled for a few months and then start putting words together and I’ve also had children who babble for a very long time before forming words.
If you are worried about “speech delay,” I encourage you to find a speech-language pathologist and receive an evaluation.
Babies make sounds right from the time they are born – in fact, they announce their arrival with a loud cry!
During the first six months, babies learn to make other sounds besides crying, such as cooing and laughing. These early sounds are not made on purpose; they are a reflex that the baby doesn’t consciously control.
Then, between approximately five to 10 months of age, babies’ sounds start to change. They begin to make syllables, such as “ba ba” or “di di” that include a consonant and a vowel.
These types of babbled sounds are referred to as canonical babbling, which involves either strings of repeated syllables (e.g. “da da da”) or combinations of different syllables (e.g. “ma di da”).
Canonical babbling is a major milestone in a baby’s development of language because these types of syllables closely resemble those he will produce when he begins using words.
As babies continue to develop, their babbling begins to sound more and more like conversation. This is sometimes referred to as jargon, and this babble has a rhythm and tone which sounds a lot like adult speech.
After about a year of making various sounds and syllables, young children start to say their first words (ASHA.org).
This information is typical development. If your child does not master these skills within 3 months of when they are supposed to, that is considered delayed.
(Information taken from ASHA.org)
|Time Frame||Speech Development|
|Birth – Three Months||Making cooing sounds|
Cries change depending on what he/she needs
Smiles at people intentionally
|4 – 6 months||Coos and babbles when playing alone or with you|
Makes speech babbling sounds like /pa/ and /ba/
Giggles and laughs
Makes sounds when happy or upset
|7 months – 1 year||Babbles longer strings of sounds like /mimimi/ or /babababa/|
Uses sounds and gestures to get and keep attention
Points to objects and shows them to others
Uses gestures like waving “bye,” reaching for “up,” shaking head no
Says 1 or two words like “dada,” “mama,” “uh-oh.”
This typically happens around 1 year of age
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