Repeats sound made by others
Repeats same syllable 2-3 times (ma,ma,ma)
Responds to gestures with gestures
Carries out simple direction when accompanied by gesture
Stops activity at least momentarily when told “no”, 75% of the time
Answers simple questions with nonverbal response
Combines two different syllables in vocal play
Imitates voice intonation patterns of others
Uses single word meaningfully to label object or person
Vocalizes in response to speech of other person


Says five different words (may use same word to refer to different objects)
Asks for “more”
Says “all gone”
Follows 3 different one-step directions without gestures
Can “give me” or “show me” upon request
Points to 12 familiar objects when named
Points to 3-5 pictures in a book when named
Points to 3 body parts on self
Says his own name or nickname upon request
Answers question “what’s this” with object name
Combines use of words and gestures to make wants known
Names 5 other family members, including pets
Names 4 toys
Produces animal sound or uses sound for animal’s name (cow is moo-moo)
Asks for some common food items by name when shown (milk, cookie, cracker)
Asks questions by a rising intonation at end of word or phrase
Names 3 body parts on a doll or other person
Answers yes/no question with affirmative or negative reply


Combines noun or adjective and noun in two-word phrase (ball chair; my ball)
Combines noun and verb in two-word phrase (daddy go)
Uses word for bathroom need
Combines verb or noun with “there” and “here” in 2-word utterance (chair here)
Combines 2 words to express possession (daddy car)
Uses “no” or “not” in speech
Answers question “what’s ____doing?” for common activities
Answers “where” questions
Names familiar environmental sounds
Gives more than one object when asked using plural form (blocks)
Refers to self by own name in speech
Points to picture of 10 common objects described by use
Holds up fingers to tell age
Tells sex when asked
Carries out a series of two related commands
Uses “ing” verb form (running)
Uses regular plural forms (book/books)
Uses some irregular past tenses forms consistently (went, did, was)
Asks question, “What’s this (that)?”
Controls voice volume 90% of the time
Uses “this” and “that” in speech
Uses “is” in statements (this is ball)
Says “I, me, mine” rather than own name
Points to object that “is not _____” (is not a ball)
Answers “who” questions with name
Uses possessive form of nouns (daddy’s)
Uses articles “the, a” in speech
Uses some class names (toy, animal, food)
Says “can” and “will” occasionally
Describes items as open or closed


Says “is” at beginning of questions when appropriate
Will attend for five minutes while story is read
Carries out series of two unrelated commands
Tells full name when requested
Answers simple “how” questions
Uses regular past tense forms (jumped)
Tells about immediate experiences
Tells how common objects are used
Express future occurrences with “going to”, “have to”, “want to”
Changes word order appropriately to ask questions (can I, does he)
Uses some common irregular plurals (men, feet)
Tells two events in order of occurrence


Carries out a series of 3 directions
Demonstrate understanding of passive sentences (boy hit girl, girl was hit by the boy)
Can find pair of objects/pictures on request
Uses “could” and “would” in speech
Uses compound sentences (I hit the ball and it went in the road)
Can find top and bottom of items
Uses contractions “can’t, don’t, won’t”
Can point out absurdities in picture
Uses word sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather
Tells final word in opposite analogies
Tells familiar story without pictures for cues
Names picture that does not belong in particular class (one that’s not an animal)
Tells whether or not 2 words rhyme
Uses complex sentences (she wants me to come in because…)
Can tell whether sound is loud or soft


Can point to some, many, several
Tells address
Tells telephone number
Can point to most, least, few
Tells simple jokes
Tells daily experiences
Describes location or movement through, away from, toward, over
Answers “why” questions with an explanation
Puts together and tells 3-5-part sequence story
Defines words
Can “tell me the opposite of ____”
Answers question “what happens if …..(you drop an egg)?”
Uses yesterday and tomorrow meaningfully
Asks meaning of new or unfamiliar words

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