Babies develop the ability to produce sound in a form sequence:
1. vowels such as “a, e, i,o, u”
2. consonant-vowel combinations “da” first with single syllable then increasing number 2 or 3 syllable “dada”, then altering consonant “bada”or vowel “dade” in babbling
3. consistent sound form such as “da”, for “down”
4. completing that word “down”
5. producing in other words “duck”
6. then finally producing the sound in all words where that sound should be present. Sounds that are easier to say are produced first. Development takes many years to listen to sounds, learn the motor movements to say sounds, and then talk saying the sounds clearly and consistently.
This sound chart provides the normal sound development sequence. Listen to your baby to identify the sounds that are emerging. Target those sounds in the same form as your baby is producing, from the chart above. Explore approaches from Step 1 Targeting the sounds and form when playing with your baby.