These typical developmental milestones common to most young children are a loose guide. They can help you to zero in on your child’s listening development.
Keep in mind that the ideas, observations, and indications that follow are not one-size-fits-all. A child’s journey to developmental maturity is a ladder of many rungs. Your son or daughter can pause on one rung longer than another child the same age, skip one, or even go back a few and still be well within the range of “normal.” Always keep in mind that variation and individual timing is the natural order of things when it comes to growing children.
Note: If your child’s listening and speaking skills don’t come anywhere near the trajectory I describe in the steps ahead, auditory processing disorder (APD) may be the problem.
Child Development Stages Guide:
Excerpted from THE SOUND OF HOPE by Lois Kam Heymann. Copyright © 2010 by Lois Kam Heymann. Reprinted by arrangement with The Random House Publishing Group.