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Milestones for Language Development up to 3 Years

Milestones for Language Development up to 3 Years

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The first 3 years of a child’s life is critical for acquiring speech and language development skills. Skills develop better when there is consistent exposure to speech; sounds and language of others. The developmental milestones below help tell whether your child’s speech and language development is on right track.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Contact your doctor if your child is over 2 years old and can only imitate an action or cannot communicate his immediate needs or uses only certain words repeatedly or has a hoarse or nasal voice.



1 and 1/2–2 years

By 18–24 months of age, your child should

Identify and name pictures of items and animals, familiar persons.

Name the parts of the body such as eyes, ears when asked for.

Begin to say his or her own name.

Say about 20 words by 18 months and 50 or more by 2 years of age.

Start to combine two words to make simple sentences, such as ‘baby crying’ by 2 years.

Follows two-step commands such as, “Please pick up the pen and give it to me,” by age 2 years.

2–3 years

By 2-3 years of age, your child

Should be able to combine three or more words into sentences.

Should begin to understand the difference between “Put it on the table” and “Put it under the table” by 3 years of age.

Vocabulary should increase.

Should begin to identify colours.

Should know about gender and age by 3 years of age.

Will be able to understand descriptive concepts such as “big and small”

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