Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Children develop language skills at different rates. However, it’s important that your child’s language skills continue to grow and progress. Here are a few milestones to look for.
By one year of age, a child should:
- Use one- or two-word sentences
- Follow simple requests like, “Come here.” Or “Give that to Mommy.”
- Understand simple questions like, “Where’s the kitty?”
By two to three years of age, a child should:
- Use two- to three-word sentences to talk about or request things
- Follow two-part directions such as, “Get your cup and put it on the table.”
- Be understood by others most of the time
How You Can Help
- Talk to your child about routine things that you during your day.
- Read to your child every day, preferably with a variety of books.
- Listen to your child talk, and respond to what he or she says.
- If your child says something the wrong way, repeat it correctly rather than focus on the mistake.
- Give praise for communication so the child learns that talking is fun.