Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Services System of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

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Milestones - By 2 Years - Print Version

The developmental milestones listed within each of these age groups mark the progress of young children as they learn to communicate and develop their speech and language skills. If your child is not meeting one or more of the developmental milestones or if you are concerned about your child's speech and language development please contact us at: 1-888-503-8885


  • Follows 2-step instructions: "Go find your teddy and give it to Grandma."
  • Understands more than he can say
  • Points to most body parts and familiar objects (“Show me your knee,” “Where’s the ball?”)
  • Answers questions correctly with “yes” or “no”
  • Answers “what” and “where” questions correctly


  • Uses 100-150 words
  • Uses many different speech sounds at the beginning of words: p, b, m, t, d, n, h, w
  • Tries to say or copy words you say, but may not always be clear
  • Uses 2 or more new words a week
  • Combines at least 2 words into a phrase (“moe tee” for “more cheese”)
  • Asks “What’s that?” and “Where?”
  • Forms words and sounds easily

Play Development

  • Likes to play alone or beside other children
  • Begins to take turns with other children (run and chase games)

Teachable Moments

  • Choose books with large clear pictures. Make up your own story or take turns pointing to and talking about people and things in the pictures.
  • Hide toys under/behind pillows, blankets and furniture. Have fun asking, “Where?”
  • Expand your child’s world: meet new people, go to the library and choose books, go to new places, share toys with friends.

Things You Can Try At Home

  • Use lots of different words, like action words (run, push), location words (in, under), describing words (wet, hot, little, happy)
  • If you don’t understand your child, repeat a word you did understand, or ask him to show you.
  • Give your child a choice of songs to sing with actions, and sing along (“Wheels on the Bus,” “Old MacDonald”).
  • Wait… let your child talk first. What he says might surprise you!!
  • Repeat what he says in short but correct sentences (Child: “There cat!” Adult: “Yes, there is a cat.”).
  • TV, computer games, and Apps cannot teach your child to talk. He learns from talking and playing with you.

What To Watch Out For

  • A child who doesn’t respond to his name or look at you when you talk to him
  • A child who used to say many words but is no longer saying much
  • Repeated ear infections (Talk to your doctor)