• Speech and Language Developmental Milestones


    Two to Three Years:
    Auditory Comprehension-
    • Understands differences in meaning ("go-stop," "in-on," "big-little," "up-down")
    • Follows two requests ("Get the book and put it on the table")
    • Listens to and enjoys hearing stories for longer periods of time
    Expressive Communication-
    • Has a word for almost everything
    • Uses two- or three- words to talk about and ask for things
    • Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time
    • Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them

    Three to Four Years:

     Auditory comprehension-
    • Hears you when you call from another room
    • Hears television or radio at the same loudness level as other family members
    • Answers simple "who?", "what?", "where?", and "why?" questions
    Expressive Communication-
    • Talks about activities at school or at friends' homes
    • People outside of the family usually understand child's speech
    • Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words
    • Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words
    • Uses m, p, b, h, w, d, n, k, and g sounds
    Information taken from the ASHA webpage.