Tuesday, 17 May 2011

What should toddler's understand?

Even more important than how your toddler talks, is how your toddler understands language!  That's because language understanding is the foundation for learning many skills, most importantly how to talk well.  We all understand more words than we actually say, and toddler's are no exception.  Although they may not yet say a lot of words, they should understand many.  Here are some milestones to watch for in your toddler, to show that they are learning to understand language well:
  • Around a  year, your child should show understanding of the names of important people (by looking for 'daddy' when his name is mentioned) and important objects (like 'bottle')
  • By 18 months, your toddler should be able to follow simple directions (eg. 'get your book') and might answer a simple question with a nod or shake of the head (eg. 'do you want juice?'), or possibly say  'yes' or 'no'
  • By age 2, your toddler should be following directions with two steps (eg. 'get your boots and go to the door') and understanding some difficult concepts like 'big' and 'small'
  • By age 3, your toddler may not have all the vocabulary of an adult, but they should be able to follow complex directions and answer questions without a problem.
These are just a few very basic milestones to watch for, if you any questions about your child's language understanding, feel free to send me a question!


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