3 Years

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What to expect

3 Years

Children will usually have acquired the following by 3 years of age:

Language

  • A large vocabulary which is understood by others including strangers.
  • The ability to hold a conversation but may jump from one topic to another in one sentence.
  • Speech may contain many immaturities and ungrammatical sentence structures.
  • May make mistakes in the use of tense.
  • Ability to give their name, age and sex.
  • Correct use of plurals, personal pronouns and most prepositions.
  • Ability to describe present and past events briefly.
  • Asks ‘who?', ‘what?' and ‘where?' questions.
  • Listens carefully to stories.
  • Knows several nursery rhymes.
  • Counts by memory up to ten.
  • Understands concepts of ‘big' and ‘little'

Play and social

  • Enjoys helping adults with domestic chores.
  • Helps to keep surroundings tidy.
  • Enjoys playing with dolls, trains and cars.
  • Joins in make-believe play with others.
  • Understands sharing of toys during play.

Eating, drinking and swallowing

  • Eats the same food as their family

If you have any concerns regarding your child's development or feel you or your child would benefit from a speech and language therapy appointment, please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 0885 643.


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