Ages and stages

Our guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies, children, and young people to help educators and professionals.

Children develop their speech, language and communication skills at different rates. However, knowing what is typical can help you identify speech and language problems early.

You can also find out how to help a child learn to talk and understand words.

Child's progress checker

Our progress checker is based on what we know about how babies and children develop skills. Choose the age of the child and then answer the questions. At the end, we will direct you to some helpful advice and resources.

Child's progress checker