Ages and Stages of Language Development It can be difficult to know what to expect when raising a child, everyday brings new discoveries for you and your child. When it comes to language development, a child begins learning language from the first few days of their life, while they will not begin speaking their first words for many months, those early discoveries of sound lay the foundations of future communications. The articles below are a guide to help you understand a general timeline of how a child develops language, what to look for and what to do if you do not see these skills developing in your child. Remember that every child develops different skills at different paces, and these outlines are only rough guides to help you be aware. If you are concerned your child is not developing, be patient but also trust your gut and consult with your pediatrician, audiologist or otolaryngologist.