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!