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Expressive Language Milestones

Introduction

All children develop at different rates and so reaching milestones slower or faster than peers does not necessarily mean that there is a concern. Differences of up to 12 months are very normal. However, it can help to identify areas where a child may warrant some additional support particularly when more than 18 months off a chronological milestone. Social factors play a big role in the development of language skills and those children exposed to a greater range of language and vocabulary will often develop faster.

12 Months

Language

Protowords are used like 'da-da' for daddy

Vocabulary

1-3 words

2 years

Language 

2 word phrases like 'where daddy'

Vocabulary 

About 150 words

3 Years

Language

Simple sentences of 3 - 5 words like 'where's my daddy gone?'

Vocabulary 

500 - 1000 words

4 Years

Language 

Can use sentences with 5 words. Very inquisitive - asking lots of questions. 'Daddy, what is this for?'

Vocabulary 

1000-1500 words

5 Years

Language 

Able to sustain a narrative about self and family. Can retell simple stories. Using different tenses.

Vocabulary

1500+ words

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