Developmental Milestones for Speech and Language
Two - Three years
-knows about 50 words at 24 months
-knows some spatial concepts such as "in" and "on"
-knows pronouns such as "you," "me," "her"
-knows descriptive words such as "big," "happy"
-says around 40 words at 24 months
-speech is becoming more accurate but may still leave off ending sounds.
strangers may not be able to understand much of what is said
-answers simple questions
-begins to use more pronouns such as "you," "I"
-speaks in two-to-three word phrases
-uses question inflection to ask for something (e.g. "my ball?")
-begins to use plurals such as "socks" or "shoes" and
regular past tense verbs such as "jumped"
-groups objects such as food, clothes, etc.
-uses most speech sounds but may distort some of the more difficult sounds such as l,r,s,sh,ch,y,v,z,th
(may not fully master these sounds until age 7 or 8)
-uses consonants in the beginning, middle and end of words.
some of the more difficult consonants may be distorted, but attempts to say them
-strangers are able to understand much of what is said
-able to describe the use of objects such as "fork" or "car"
-has fun with language; enjoys poems and recognizes language absurdities, such as "is that an elephant on your head?"
-expresses ideas and feelings rather than just talking
about the world around him or her
-uses verbs that end in "ing," such as "walking," "talking"
-answers simple questions such as "what do you do when you are hungry?"
Developmental information from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communciation Disorders