2 Years

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What to expect

2 years

A child of 2 years of age should be able to do the following regarding their speech and language development:


  • Able to identify familiar adults in photographs.
  • Able to recognise small details in pictures.
  • Uses 50 or more words appropriately.
  • Repeats the words of adults (echolalia).
  • Uses 2 – 3 word sentences and can have short conversations.
  • Asks for names of things.
  • Talks to self continuously during play.
  • Able to indicate several body parts when requested.

Play and social

  • Attempts to verbalise toileting needs in sufficient amount of time, however this can still be unreliable.
  • Follows carer round the house copying domestic chores.
  • Engages in simple make-believe activities.
  • Tantrums when trying to make self-understood.
  • Plays alongside others but not with them.
  • Becomes jealous of attention shown to other children by a familiar adult.
  • Able to build a tower of 6 cubes.

Eating, drinking and swallowing

  • Has a well-established biting pattern.
  • Has good lip closure whilst eating, with no spillage of food.
  • Able to hold and stabilize a cup whilst drinking from it.
  • Able to move food around in the mouth easily alongside vertical and rotatory movement of the jaw.

If you have any concerns about your child's development of speech, language or communication and would like to arrange an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0161 883 077.

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To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email office@slt.co.uk


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