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Languages Young Children Speak in Illinois

Are you interested in learning more about the languages young children speak in Illinois? Do you have questions about young children’s language development?

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Languages Commonly Spoken in Illinois

A child’s first three years is the most intensive period for acquiring speech and language skills. A baby’s first words may come gradually or suddenly, or be barely recognizable, but no matter the language, these early efforts are often celebrated developmental milestones.

  • Early words help babies interact with their caregivers and often have similar meaning across languages.

If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, contact the Illinois Early Intervention program for a free evaluation. To find the office that serves your area call 800-843-6154 or visit the Illinois Department of Human Service’s Office Locator.