Expressive language is the ability to convey your message to another person through speech, signs, sounds, or writing. Even before babies begin to approximate their first words, they use expressive communication through crying, babbling, and body language. It is important to communicate with your baby before they start approximating first words, so they can begin to watch and learn communication skillsets.
The chart above shows developmental milestones for typically developing children. Monitor your child’s progress as they begin to develop and provide many opportunities for communication along the way. If you are concerned your child is not meeting certain milestones, connect with your child’s primary provider to see if your child may benefit from speech-language intervention.
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Jacqueline Pfeiffer, CCC-SLP
About the Author: Jacqueline Pfeiffer, M.S. CCC-SLP earned her B.S. in Psychology at The State University of New York College at Oneonta and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Sacred Heart University. Jacqueline provides Early Intervention Speech Therapy Services to children ages 0-3 in Westchester County.