Stages Of Language Center For Child Development A Parent Should Know

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A child doesn’t just speak all of a sudden. There are stages of language development each child passes through, and it is imperative that parents know these milestones. 

Knowing the stages will help them follow the language development of their children. We thereby discuss the stages of language center for child development a parent should know.

Prelinguistic Stage

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During this stage, the child develops gestures, starts making eye contacts, and makes repartee to sounds heard. The child also coo, cry, and babble. This stage is called the pre-speech stage. It happens during the child’s first year. Sounds like “bababa” are made at this stage.

One-Word Sentence Stage


This stage, otherwise called the holophrase stage, marks the milestone where the baby says its first word. It happens from 9 months through to 13 months. The child only utters one word at a time. The child supports the word with context, and also gives gestures and nonverbal cues to make the meaning clear.

An example is a child looking at a ball far-away who keeps saying “ball”. This can be interpreted as the child asking for the ball to be brought to him. A child may also say “dada” or “mama” which may be a call for the father or mother.

Two-Word Sentence Stage

This stage has the child combining a noun or a verb with a modifier in each sentence. The child reaches this stage at around 18 months. The two-word sentence combinations come as interrogative, negative, imperative or declarative. Like the one-word sentence stage, the child supplements each sentence with nonverbal communication, especially gestures.

Examples may be the child saying “why egg” which is interrogative, “box big” which is declarative, “no toy” which is imperative and other two-word sentences in the same frame as the examples.

Multiple-Word Sentence Stage

When the child reaches 2 years of age up to 6 months after, this stage is reached. The child starts constructing sentences using morphemes, prefixes and suffixes, to change tenses and meanings. The formed sentences will also have clear subjects and predicates. However, the sentences may not yet follow correct grammatical rules. 

Examples include: “box is big”, “I don’t want toy”, “I want egg”.

Complex Grammatical Structures Stage

Between two and half years to three years of age, the child reaches this stage. Complex grammatical structures are formulated, with relevant conjunctions and prepositions used.

Adult-Like Grammatical Structures Stage

This final stage is reached around five to six years of age. Grammatical structures made are complex with clear distinctions.


There are six stages of language development each child passes through on their journey to speaking. Each stage comes with varying characteristics and happens over different age ranges. We therefore discuss stages of language center for child development a parent should know.

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