I should be…

  • Understanding instructions containing 3 parts (e.g. “wash teddy’s tummy”) where there is a choice of objects for the underlined words.
  • Remembering simple stories, with pictures to remind me.
  • Beginning to understand question words, like ‘what’, ‘who’ and ‘where’.
  • Beginning to understand words that show things have happened in the past e.g. running, ran.
  • Beginning to match things and sort things into groups.
  • Using three word phrases all the time (e.g. “me go home”).
  • Ask simple ‘who’, ‘where’ and ‘what’ questions.
  • Starting to talk about things that have happened in the past but I make lots of mistakes (e.g. “me runned away”)
  • Beginning to put longer, 4-5 word phrases together, to make sentences
  • Switching my attention from one task to another.
  • Concentrating for 3 minutes on my play.
  • Hearing the difference between most speech sounds.

Don’t worry if…

  • A few of my words are unclear.
  • I confuse question words.
  • I make lots of mistakes with my talking (e.g. ‘I goed there’, ‘Me putted it on’).

Seek advice if…

  • I’m not following instructions with 2 parts.
  • I’m not joining two words to make short sentences.
  • I’m not able to hear the difference between speech sounds.
  • My speech is always hard to understand by family members who know me well.