Your Baby's Hearing and Communicative Development Checklist (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIDCD) Available in Spanish


It’s important to know what to expect as your baby grows, because hearing problems can delay the development of voice, speech, and language skills. The checklist below presents the average age by which most babies accomplish a variety of early speech and language skills. Typically, a child may not accomplish all the items in an age category until he or she reaches the upper age in the age range. 


Communication/Language Disability Characteristics Early Childhood Early Intervention Elementary Hearing Impairment Parent/Family Preschool