A two- and a half-year-old child
- Relies increasingly on words
to express self, but still uses gesture and other nonverbal
- Takes two or three turns in conversations
- Enacts familiar activities in play e.g.
- Verbal commentary accompanies play
- Watches peers at
play and occasionally joins in
- Focus of attention often
rigid on absorbing activity; gradually increasing flexibility
in attention control
- Uses strategy of doing what is usually
done when responding to instructions e.g. 'put the knife
on the plate'
- Recognises names and pictures of most common
- Identifies objects by function e.g. 'Which one
is for eating?'
- Understands 'What?' and 'Where?'
- Understands sentences
with three key words e.g. 'Get a biscuit and your big
- Average size of expressive vocabulary 500 words
to use three word phrases e.g. 'Eat mummy cake'
lots of questions with 'What?' and 'Where?'
- Starts talking
about events in the past and, occasionally, future
words and short phrases should be clear, though immature
to use grammatical structures:
- plural -s 'doggies'
- pronouns 'I', 'me', 'it'
- negative 'I not happy'; 'no
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