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Toddler Social Skills Milestones

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Understanding language is far more important to your toddler than actually speaking it. Once they really understand, they will communicate with you. Your toddler’s first words are almost always labels ie: names for people, animals or other things that are important to them. As a toddler, your child will have a language explosion – they will understand more than they say, but they will imitate everything they hear, learn new words every day, start putting words together into short sentences and want to talk to you all the time.

The following guidelines will help you know what to expect with your child’s language development and it is important to remember that there is variation in children’s language development.

Milestones for your toddler at 12-18 months:

Recognizes his or her name

Understands “no” Understands simple instructions

Points and gestures to call attention to an event or to show what they want

Imitates (copies) familiar words

Waves good-bye and claps

Uses “mama” and “dada” and several other words, usually names of objects or people

Attempts to communicate by mixing jargon with real words e.g. babbling that sounds like real words

Vocalizes for enjoyment

Points to show you something Points to a few body parts when asked, ie: “Where’s your mouth?”

Imitates animal sounds

Begins to show sense of humour

Plays best on their own; doesn’t want to share toys with others, shouting “mine, mine!”

 

Milestones for your toddler at 30-36 months (2 ½ - 3 years):

Uses about 450 words

Can give first name when asked

Uses past tense (e.g. "ed" endings) and plurals (e.g. "s" endings) (not always correctly) Combines names of things with action words ie: baby sleep

Understands simple time concepts such as “last night” and "tomorrow”

Refers to self as “me”  or "I" instead of by name

Uses their words to get adult attention ie: "watch me!"

Likes to hear the same story over and over again

Uses “no” or “not” in their speech

Talks to other children as well as adults

Answers “where” questions

Uses short sentences to tell what he/she has just done or wants to do ie: “me do it” or “me want to jump”

Matches 3-4 colors

Knows the words “big” and “little”

Holds up fingers to tell age

Uses 10 - 20 different words

Starts to combine 2 words (e.g. baby sleep)

Uses words to make needs and wants known, like "more", "up", "juice"

Imitates sounds and words more clearly

Points to objects and/or uses gestures to show or direct attention to something

Points to own toes, eyes and nose

Brings an object from another room when asked (follows 1-part directions)

Sings simple songs

Mixes real words and jargon

Practices words over and over on thier own e.g. while playing in their bed etc.\

 

Milestones for your toddler at 24-30 months (2 - 2 ½ years):

Understands simple questions and commands

Identifies many body parts Carries on “conversation” with self and dolls

Asks “what’s this?”, “what’s that?”, and “where’s my…”

Sentence length of 2–3 words ie: “more juice” or “want cookie”

Names pictures and actions

Refers to self by name

Uses 2 – word negative phrases such as “no want”, “not go” or “no right”

Forms some plurals by adding “s” e.g. books

Asks for a drink or snack

Has about 200 spoken words in their vocabulary

 

Milestones for your toddler at 30-36 months (2 ½ - 3 years):

Uses about 450 words

Can give first name when asked

Uses past tense e.g. "ed" endings and plurals e.g. "s" endings, not always correctly

Combines names of things with action words ie: baby sleep

Understands simple time concepts such as “last night” and “tomorrow”

Refers to self as “me”  or "I" instead of by name

Uses their words to get adult attention ie: "watch me!"

Likes to hear the same story over and over again

Uses “no” or “not” in their speech

Talks to other children as well as adults  and answers “where” questions

Uses short sentences to tell what he/she has just done or wants to do ie: “me do it” or “me want to jump”

Matches 3-4 colors

Knows the words “big” and “little”

Holds up fingers to tell age

 

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