Speech Development for Babies 8 – 12 Months

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Most One Year Olds can:

  • Recognize name
  • Say “mama” and “dada” (nonspecifically) and 2-3 words besides “mama” and “dada”
  • Imitate familiar words
  • Understand simple instructions
  • Recognize words as symbols for objects: car  points to garage, dog  barks
  • Babble single consonants
  • Shout for attention
  • Wave hi and bye
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some words by gesturing or pointing

Parenting Tips for Speech Skills:

Around eight months, you’ll notice your baby has a lot to say. He or she will play with sounds like “ba ba ba,” as well as know that “dada” means Dad.

  • Explain the grocery store. Your baby will enjoy sitting in the grocery cart looking at all the sights, but remember to talk to him/her about what he/she is seeing. “Look, over there are apples. Lets get some red apples.”
  • Give simple directions. When your baby is getting a bath, hand over the washcloth and say, “Wash your tummy.”
  • Walk in the room where Grandma is sitting and say, “Where’s Grandma?” When your baby follows directions, make sure you acknowledge the accomplishment and thank them.
  • Eliminate background noise. If you have a television or radio on throughout the day, your baby will have a hard time hearing the gentle ticking of a clock or the birds chirping outside. It will also be easier for your baby to hear the sounds of your words more clearly.