Speech & Language Developmental Milestones

From 2 to 3 Years Old


Expressive Language Skills

has a word for most things

puts two, three and four words together

uses simple sentences much like telegraphic speech: Mommy go car. Doggie eat cookie.

talks about things, asks for things, asks questions

verbs emerge, begins to use ~ing

uses quantity concepts - two, three, many, some

uses location concepts - in, on, under

uses simple plurals

has about 1000 words in his repertoire

you'll understand about three-fourths of what he says


Receptive Language Skills

expands receptive language

listens to and remembers simple stories

identifies actions in pictures

follows two requests: Get the ball and give it to the dog.

begins to match color

understands opposites go-stop, big-little, up-down

understands in-on-under

understands one-all

understands words quickly


Toddler stringing two words together; language development at Canto Speech Therapy Online
Child asking question; lanfuage development at Canto Speech therapy Online
Child looking; language development at Canto Speech Therapy Online

Children hugging; social language development at Canto Speech Therapy Online

You'll notice that your conversations with your toddler are becoming easier to understand as she develops more sounds. The difficult sounds will be substituted by easier to pronounce sounds, and consonant blends will be simplified: she'll say tee for tree, bue for blue, cash for crash.

You'll be able to understand about 75% of what she says.

She'll talk about things that happened in the past and things that will happen in the future. The use of verbs will increase as does the complexity of her grammar.

She'll ask questions. When she doesn't understand she'll ask you with a what? or grimace to clarify what you've said to her.

You'll also observe your toddler's ability to talk to babies in a different style, and by three she may even use another style when talking with adults.

Just a few more years and your child will be speaking like a little adult! 

Check out the next stages of lanaguge developemtn to see what your child will be saying next!

If you’re concerned that your child is a little behind and just can’t seem to catch up to where he should be, talk with your pediatrician.

And remember not to wait too long if you’re concerned; the “gap” may get larger as your child gets older.

Help your child gain the language skills he needs because ........the power of speech lasts a lifetime!

Or Let’s Talk if you want to speak with one of our speech language pathologists; we can help you determine where you child is compared to other children his age.

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