Language Milestones – 2 Years Old

2 Years Old

Understanding LanguageUsing Language
Understands approximately 200-400 words at 24 monthsHas a spoken vocabulary of approximately 200-750 words by 2.5 years
Listens to stories for longer periods of timeCombines two words together and starts to make small sentences by 2.5 years
Understands simple concepts (e.g., go/stop, on/off, big/little, etc.)Uses a few pronouns (e.g., mine, me, you, she/he, etc.)
Engages in parallel play with other chilrenUses the plural and possessive "s" (e.g., dogs and mommy's)
Understands basic prepositions (e.g., in, on, out, etc.)Speech is understood by familiar people most of the time
Holds books the right way and turns pages in booksMay begin to stutter on the beginning sounds in words but causes no frustration or embarrassment
Follows two-step directions (e.g., get the cup and put it on the table)Asks yes/no and simple 'wh' questions (e.g., who, what, where)
Has vocabulary for basic emotions (e.g. happy, sad, angry)Has an average of 7.5 communicative acts/min during free play with an adult)
Sequences activities in play (e.g., feed the doll, wipe her mouth, put her to bed)Talks about objects that are out of view
Ability to engage in basic conversation with an adult emergesGrammatical markers for verbs emerge such as present tense -ing and regular past tense -ed

Language Milestones

2 Years Old

It is important to monitor your child’s language development milestones right from birth. The following provides a general guideline for behaviours your child should be demonstrating by a specific age for healthy language development.

This chart is meant for informative purposes only and is not a substitute for a speech and language assessment. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s speech and language development it is recommended you discuss this with your doctor or contact a local speech-language pathologist where you are living.

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