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Your child is now 3 years old, and has learned all kinds of new skills.  His/her speech flourishes at this age, and full sentences may be something new you notice when he/she is talking.  Here are some tips from a Speech Language Pathologist on what you can do to help encourage speech development in your 3 year old!
  • Carries on a conversation using 2-3 sentences

    • During play with their favorite objects or during their favorite activities, prompt them with open ended questions to respond

    • If unable to respond in 2-3 sentences, provide models (example-My baby is sleeping.  We have to be quiet.) in simple phrases for the child to imitate

  • Talks well enough for strangers to understand

    • If others are saying they cannot understand your child, have your child slow down their rate of speech and break it down into single words or shorter phrases to increase their ability to be understood by others

    • If they still are unable to be understood, refer to a speech language pathologist to assess their sound errors in words and determine if they are age appropriate or if direct intervention is necessary

  • Knows and says name/age/sex

    • When talking about family members or friends they have, provide models of their names, ages, and gender

      • Example:  Your sister’s name is Amelia, she is 1 years old, and is a girl.  YOU are a girl, YOUR name is Molly Kate, and YOU are 3 years old.

    • It’s best to target each one of these one at a time unless they are catching on quickly, because it is difficult for them to remember more than 1-2 new concepts at a time when just learning

  • Names a friend

    • Same as above.  At dinner or in the car on the way home from school, talk about what the child did at school that day.  Ask who they played with in centers, sat by at the table, played with at recess, etc.  Become familiar with children that they are around and provide examples such as, “Did you play with Christian, Abby, or Will?” until they are able to spontaneously name a friend

    • When you arrive to the child’s class, ask them to name who is sitting around them at their table or in their center

      • Example:  Your name is Molly Kate.  What is her name.  Her name is…

  • Uses some pronouns and plurals

    • Pronouns:  When talking about family members or friends in different situations, emphasize the pronoun (he/she/they, you/me, etc.) to model it for the child.  When they use them incorrectly, provide the model of the correct pronoun and have the child imita

      • Example:  Amelia is playing in the tunnel.  SHE loves to crawl.  Where is SHE going?  Do YOU want to crawl in there with HER. 

      • Example:  Amelia is in the tunnel.  I want to play with SHE.  (Model-You want to play with HER?)

    • Plurals:  While reading books, watching tv, outside, etc. model plurals while explaining to your child that there is more than one

      • Example:  Do you see the horses?  Look, there are three of them, three horses.  Fisher has two dogs-Daisy and Archie…Can you count them 1….2….2 Dogs

    • Providing multiple models in conversation in natural environments is the best way for children to learn and absorb information

  • Understands some prepositions (in/out; on/off; under/over)

    • There are lots of ways to determine if your child understands these concepts

      • Home-put the cup in the cabinet, take a fork out of the drawer, put it on the table, take it off the table

      • Play-During play with a toy barn/animals, practice having the animals go in/out of the barn while saying where they are, put the chicken on the roof, etc. (Children think games like this are fun!)

      • School-Have the child help the teacher or when cleaning up toys practice putting things in/out of the toy boxes, on/off the shelves, reach under the table to pick something up, etc.

  • Plays "make-believe" with dolls, animals, and/or people

    • The best way to do this is to provide models when you are playing with your child

    • Model pretend play with the child so they can imitate and participate with you

    • It’s ok to be silly! 

  • Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps

    • You can work on this during functional routines with your child

      • Cleaning up-Pick up the blocks, put them in the bucket, and put the lid on the bucket

      • Preparing for meals-get a napkin, put it on the table, and go get a fork

      • Getting ready for bath-Take off your clothes, start the water, and go potty

      • Hand Washing-turn the water on, get some soap, and rub your hands together 

For more tips on milestones, visit our Milestone Blog. To see milestones at age 3, visit our Milestones Videos page.