SPEECH MILESTONES FOR 1 YEAR OLDS
Yay! You made it through the first year.
This is an exciting time when children are learning so many new skills, and this often leaves parents wondering if their child is on the right track. While many children are using a couple of words consistently, many aren’t. It’s important that they are trying, and showing interest in talking, songs and sounds.
They should at least be babbling lots and using pointing and sounds to let you know what’s on their mind. Your little one can probably recognise greetings such as ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ and may wave to join in. It’s really important that they are combining these skills with eye contact, as it’s such a key component in communicating, rather than just playing with sounds.
1 year olds know familiar songs and nursery rhymes, and can anticipate something coming up. They might start to giggle as you start doing ‘round and round the garden’ in anticipation for the tickle under the arm!
If your child doesn’t seem interested when you are talking with them, not attempting to communicate with you, not showing a lot of eye contact to communicate, isn’t responding to their name or understanding really simple instructions (‘get your ball’), it’s worth having a chat with us to check they’re on track and get some tips to help your little one out.