Children develop their speech and language skills over time. As they get older their receptive and expressive language skills mature. It is important to monitor your child's development. Here are some guidelines for the speech and language skills of a typical three year old child.
Receptively (what your child understands and how he/she processes information) your child should be able to:
-differentiate between night/day
-understand "yesterday", "summer", "lunchtime", "tonight", "little-big"
-follow directions including prepositional phrases such as,
"put the block under the chair"
Expressively (how your child communicates/expresses himself) your child should be able to:
-use words to relate observations, concepts ideas and relationships
-state his/her full name, name of street on which he/she
lives and several nursery rhymes
-tell a story or relay an idea to someone
-use sentences three to four words in length
-ask 'what" questions
-consistently produce the sounds "m, n, ng (as in sing), p, f, h and w"
If you have questions regarding your child's speech and language development you may contact, Brenda Gharabegian of Speech and Language Pathology Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.