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Three and four-year-olds: Developmental norms

What skills develop between 3 and 4 years of age?

These are some general abilities you should expect to see your child accomplish between 3 and 4 years old.

  • Hears you when you call from another room

  • Understands words for some colors, shapes, family members (aunt, grandma, etc.)

  • Talks about activities from preschool or friends’ homes

  • Answers simple “who,” “what,” and “where” questions

  • Asks “when” and “how” questions

  • Says rhyming words, like cat-hat

  • Uses pronouns such as I, you, me, we, and they

  • Uses some plural words (toys, birds)

  • Uses sentences with 4+ words

  • Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words

What can I do to help my child’s language skills develop and build between 3 and 4 years old?

  • Expand on social communication and storytelling by participating with your child in imaginative play, role-playing, and dress-up.

  • Work on comprehension by asking your child questions.

  • Look at family pictures, make silly pictures with magazine cutouts, and have your child explain what is happening.

  • Read books that have a simple plot, and talk about the story line with your child. Help your child retell the story or act it out with props and dress-up clothes. Tell him or her your favorite part of the story and ask for his or her favorite part.

  • Sort pictures and items into categories, increase the challenge by asking your child your child to point out the item that does not belong in a category.

If you’re concerned about your child’s language or speech development, please call and set up a free consultation at (253) 237-3405. Stay tuned for our next post focusing on your littles 4-5 years old!

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