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Typical Speech-Language Milestones: Articles & Resources

Two to Three Years

2-3 years (Expected Developmental Milestones)

What can you do at home?

  1. Use short words and sentences. Speak clearly.

  2. Repeat what your child says, and add to it.

If she says, “Pretty flower,” you can say, “Yes, that is a pretty flower.

The flower is bright red. It smells good too. Do you want to smell the flower?”

  1. Talk about colors and shapes.

  2. Practice counting.

Count toes and fingers. Count steps.

  1. Name objects, and talk about the picture on each page of a book.

  2. Ask your child to make a choice instead of giving a “yes” or “no” answer.

For example, rather than asking, “Do you want milk?” ask, “Would you like milk or water?”

  1. Sing songs, play finger games and tell nursery rhymes.

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