An Introduction to Communication Development

  • Patricia A. Prelock
  • Tiffany L. Hutchins
Part of the Best Practices in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Care book series (BPCABHC)


This chapter describes typical communication development from infancy to early childhood. The difference between communication, speech, and language is explained, and the nature of early communicative functions, stages of vocal development, and major receptive and expressive language milestones are described. Special attention is given to early speech sound production, intentional communication, semantic development, and morphosyntactic development.


Typical language development Language milestones Prelinguistic communication Speech sounds Phonology Communicative intent Morphosyntax 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia A. Prelock
    • 1
  • Tiffany L. Hutchins
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Nursing & Health SciencesUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication Sciences & DisordersUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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