What can my child say?
Speech development is very exciting for caregivers as they watch their children begin to speak clearly and interact with others. While every child develops speech at his/her own rate, the following are some of the common milestones in this age group:
- Should be able to say about 500 to 900 words
- Speech can be understood by others
- Speaks in two- or three-word sentences and progresses to four- to five-word sentences
- Can remember simple rhymes or lyrics
- Uses "please" and "thank you"
- Refers to self by using own name
- Names colors
What does my child understand?
While children may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones your child may reach in this age group:
- Understands size differences (i.e., big and little)
- Understands past tense (yesterday)
- Understands long sentences
- Understands prepositions (on, under, behind)
- Uses pronouns correctly (I, you, he, me, etc.)
- Asks "why" constantly
- Counts up to four objects by 4 years old
- Says full name and age
- May have fears of certain things (i.e., dark, monster under bed, going down the drain)
- Attempts to solve problems
- Remembers certain events
- Can point to the correct picture when asked a simple question about it
How does my child interact with others?
While every child is unique and will develop a distinct personality, the following are some of the common behavioral traits that may be present in your child:
- Begins to share and likes to play with other children
- Can take turns
- Temper tantrums are less frequent
- Begins to show feelings in socially acceptable ways