Speech & Language Developmental Milestones

From 3 to 4 Years Old


Expressive Language Skills

begins to use simple grammar rules - will say Doggie runs instead of Doggie run

uses present tense verbs ~s, regular past tense verbs ~ed, some irregular past tense verbs like ate, rode, ran

sentences are more complex  - The doggie likes what he eats.

uses pronouns I, me, you, we, us, our, they, them, their

uses personal pronouns myself, yourself, itself, themselves

begins to play with rhyming words - book-look, sad-mad

can alter her speech depending on listener's age

has about 1700 words in her repertoire

you'll understand just about everything she says

Receptive Language Skills

answers yes-no questions

answers simple who, what, where questions

understands around, in front of, by the side of

listens attentively to stories

understands give-take

understands mother, father, grandmother, uncle

by 4 years, has a good understanding of the meaning and grammar of sentences

Child looking; speech development at Canto Speech Therapy Online
Two children holding hands; social skills development at Canto Speech Therapy Online
Little boy looking and thinking; language development at Canto Speech Therapy Online

Two children socializing; social language devlopment at CAnto Speech Therapy Online

Conversations with your child will become more sophisticated as her syntax becomes more complex.

Vocabulary will expand.

You'll be able to understand just about everything she says.

A year ago your child asked for clarification if she didn't understand something, now she will give clarification when you say what?

She'll gain a solid grasp of the language rules for sentences and continue to expand her repertoire of words.

Just one more year before your child will be speaking like a little adult!  Take a peek at the next stage to see what new skills will be developing with your child’s speech and language.

Not sure if your child is reaching speech and language developmental milestones?  Ask your pediatrician if a referral to a speech therapist might be appropriate.

Please don’t wait too long to seek professional advice.  As your child gets closer to kindergarten and first grade, the “gap” between his speech-language level and his peers may continue to get larger.

Help your child gain these skills because........the power of speech lasts a lifetime!

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