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Age first words spoken (other than ma or da)

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For sample children under age 3 years and older, CVAGESPK indicates how old the child was, in grouped intervals, when she or he first spoke her or his first words other than "ma" or "da".

This variable is the first in a series of variables on child communication disorders that constitutes the sample child Voice, Speech, Swallowing, and Language Supplement in 2012. This is the first-ever large-scale communication supplement in the survey. Several variables in this supplement can be used to track the Healthy People 2020 Objectives, under the topic of Hearing and other Sensory and Communication Disorders.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 2012: Sample children 3+


  • 2012