2 to 3 Years - National Therapy Center

Expressive Language

  • Has a word for almost everything
  • Talks about things that are not in the room
  • Uses words like in, on, and under
  • Uses two- or three- words to talk about and ask for things.
  • People who know your child can understand him
  • Asks “Why?”
  • Puts 3 words together to talk about things. May repeat some words and sounds

Receptive Language

  • Understands opposites such as “go/stop”
  • Follows 2-step directions
  • Understands new words quickly
  • Understands location phrases
  • Understands pronouns such as you/me

Social Communication and Pragmatics

  • Notices when others are upset
  • Looks to caregiver’s facial expression to know how to react in new situations
  • Plays side-by-side with other children, occasionally interacting with them.
  • Uses words to get an adult’s attention “Look at me!”
  • Follows basic routines, for example “time to go” and child goes to door, or picks up shoes
  • Engages in short dialog

Regulatory/Sensory Organization

  • Enjoys interesting tactile surfaces
  • Handles fragile items carefully
  • Plays with water and sand
  • May experience difficulty with transitions

Fine Motor

  • Strings larger sized beads
  • Imitates and copies lines and circles
  • Holds crayon with thumb and fingers
  • Snips and cuts with scissors

Gross Motor

  • Jumps from a step or small height
  • Stands on 1 foot for 3 seconds
  • Rides a tricycle