Every child is unique and develops at their own pace.
These guidelines show the
age by which communication skills are achieved.
Recognizes own name
Recognizes words for common items
Gestures (arms up to be held; shakes head "no")
Says 1-2 words
Follows simple commands: "sit down"
Points to a few body parts when asked
18 months, says ~50 words
2 years: Says ~200-300 words
Combines 2 words:"More milk"; "Go bye-bye?"
Follows 2-step directions
Uses 2-4 word sentences
3 years: Says ~1,000 words
3 years: Pronounces
p, b, m, d, n, h, t, k, g, w, ng, f, y sounds
Understood by a stranger over half the time
Knows a few common colors & shapes
Answers simple who, what, where questions
Uses pronouns: I, you, me, we, she, he, they
Tells about his/her day using ~4 sentences at a time
Uses many 4+ word sentences
Understood by stranger most of the time
4 years: Pronounces l, j, ch, s, v, sh, z sounds
Follows 3-step directions
Understands sequence words:
first, next, last
Understands time words: yesterday, today, tomorrow
5 years: Pronounces r, zh (mea
ure), voiced th (
Communication delays left untreated in early childhood increase the risk of future academic and learning problems.
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