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

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Milestones - By 30 Months - 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


  • Understands more complex language than she uses
  • Understands words that describe (hot, big, little, sticky, wet, a little, a lot, more)
  • Puts objects “in,” “on,” or “under” when asked
  • Finds common objects and points to pictures when asked: “Show me the brush”
  • Remembers and understands familiar stories


  • Uses more than 350 words
  • Uses some adult grammar: “Two cookies,” “Bird flying,” “Daddy’s car”
  • Starting to say 3 or more words together
  • Uses “I,” “You,” “Mine,” and “Me”
  • Uses words to answer “What” and “Where” questions
  • Uses a variety of consonant sounds: p, b, m, n, t, d, w, h
  • Uses action words: run, spill, fall

Play Development

  • Enjoys being around children, and takes short turns with them using both toys and words
  • Puts together pretend actions (e.g. wash a doll, then dry it off, and then put it to bed)
  • Likes to play dress-up and act out things she sees you do (cook, brush hair, feed baby)

Teachable Moments

  • Listen to music and move around the room. Talk about your actions (spin, dance, jump, hop, skip, over, under, around).
  • Craft time! Create art work together with paint, glue, crayons, and play dough. Talk about what you are making.
  • Encourage your child to play with other children (playgroups, park, library).

Things You Can Try At Home

  • Repeat what your child says in a short sentance with correct grammar. If your child says: “I see truck,” you say, “I see a big truck.”
  • Make play fun! Use your child’s energy to practice following directions (“Clap your hands.”  “Jump up and down.”).  
  • Describe things you see or feel (rough, soft, heavy, empty, full, same, different).
  • Read books together. Children like lift-the-flap books, and touch-and-feel books.
  • Play pretend with your child (tea parties, firefighter, house)!

What To Watch Out For

  • A child who is not combining words
  • A child who is very difficult to understand, even for her parents
  • A child who appears to be losing the ability to talk
  • A child who doesn’t pretend