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Receptive Language Milestones


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.

12 Months

Knows their own name, understands 'no' and a handful of other frequently used words

2 years

Child can point to body parts. Understands simple phrases with two key words e.g. 'Give me the toy.'

3 Years

Understands instructions involving past tense and negatives e.g 'Don't scare the birds' . Can understand two stage requests e.g. 'Go and get your Teddy and put him in the suitcase.'

4 Years

Understands simple sentences with prepositions giving specific place e.g. 'The game is in the box on the shelf.'

5 Years

Beginning to understand jokes and puns

6 Years

More able to understand non-literal use of language such as metaphors and idioms.

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