Speech and Language Traits of the 2-Year-Old
Your child’s speech and language development depends on his or her ability to hear. A hearing loss can interrupt or delay the ability to communicate. All children, even newborns and young babies, can have their hearing tested. If you suspect a hearing problem, ask your doctor to refer your child to an audiologist. Seek prompt medical treatment if you suspect your child may have an ear infection.
At 2 years old, your child will...
- understand simple questions and commands
- identify body parts
- carry on "conversation" with self and dolls
- ask "what’s this?," what’s that?" and "where’s my _______ ?"
- compose sentences two or three words in length
- refer to self by name
- use two-word negative phrases such as "not go," "not right," "no want"
- form some plurals by adding "s," such as book/books
- have about 300 words in his or her vocabulary
- ask for drink, toilet food
- listen to stories with pictures
You can stimulate the 2-year-old child’s speech by...
- reading books with simple colorful pictures
- being a good speech model
- repeating new words many
- helping your child listen and follow instructions by playing games: "pick up the ball," "touch Mommy’s nose"
- talking about what you are doing
- playing records
- listening to your child when he or she is talking; never say, "I don’t understand you"
- praising the child for telling you some of the things he or she is doing and for the child’s efforts to say things
- taking the child on trips and talking about what you see
- carrying on a conversation with the child
- asking the child a question to stimulate additional thought and language
Provided for you by the Speech & Hearing Board of the Baptist Health Care Foundation and United Way Agency.