Early Language Development: Birth-12 months

I can't believe it's been a few months since my last (and only) post.  My goal was to blog every month, so I'm going to strive to do better!  I thought I would start a mini-series on early language development.  One of my reasons for going into private practice is to help educate parents of young children and help children get the services they need as soon as possible.  There is so much research out there to show that early intervention is key and has the most impact on later language and literacy skills which ultimately improves school success. For this post, I'm going to share a detailed list of expected language skills from birth to 12 months.  An incredible amount of communication is happening before children begin to talk (which typically happens around 12 months) and I want to share with you what to expect and a few ways to encourage language at each stage.