For many children's the age of two is
where words turn into sentences and they
learn how to tell stories to those
and they don't stop however it's not
always this way
so tell me Teagan where should a
two-year-old be in terms of speech development
so at two they're following
some instructions usually two part
instructions at least so you know go and
get me the ball and the duck okay so that
should be easy. Um understanding and
answering some basic WH questions what,
where, who?That shouldn't be too hard.
if you're reading a book and you ask
them to find the dog that's eating
something like that they should be able
to find the dog that's eating yeah so in
terms of talking though we've usually at
least fifty words at least
That they use over and over and over.
It might be things like mum, dad, milk, biscuit, dog.
Things that are meaningful to a
child's life at two years of age usually
food, favourite toys, parents.
But in addition to that putting two words together
One more, all done, um daddy gone, my and
mine come out around this age because
they're starting to get that concept of sharing
and turn taking. So it might be my turn or
you know my ball
usually whilst they're snatching it back.
My ball. So we're starting to put two words
together around this age as well.
No, is usually very very very very common
definitely we got "no" by now yep
because they're at that age where they
want you to control their alignment know
They want you to control their environment
yeah and that's very much why some
people call it the terrible twos is that
sense of I wanna control what's happening an no is
a very, very powerful word.
So we at least have that by now.
so to two years is really fun there's so
much talking and it's very spontaneous
and random and you never really know
what's going to come out of their mouths next.
yes mine once said monkey to a man at Bunnings
That didn't go down very well.
so what are things that may be cause for concern then?
so when you're not seeing some
of those key milestones I guess when
you're not getting a lot of words you
know if you're less than 50 or not
really attempting to put some words
together we would start to be a bit
concerned you might you would still
expect that maybe you can understand a
lot more than other people that's
totally fine but you should know what
their words are and there should be
plenty of words they should be able to
go and follow a few instructions when
you tell them to go and do two things
They should be able to do that.
So what are something to try at home then?
If they're not having a lot of
words give you them a choice do you want
I was going to do Vegemite and peanut butter
But then i thought really long words and that will just
trip many two-year-olds up.
Ok so like, apple banana
Yep apple or banana? Yep so
you're forcing them to have a go or
something okay you might give them a
little bit at a time and with hold the
rest of the banana. "Oh you want some
more banana?" Okay so you creating
opportunities and you're basically
forcing them to talk but in a really
motivating way because if I have a
go at saying something I'm gonna get that
banana yep really good one to do. Things
you can put things out of reach insight
but out of reach so they have to ask for help
for you to get that down so you're
setting up what we called
communication temptations but basically
it's a fancy way of saying you're making
their life that tiny bit harder so that
they have to communicate something with you.
It's also amusing you know
watching the child try and grab
something they can't get.
Until they start climbing.
I'm an awful mother really.
So as parents we need to keep a close eye on the
development of our children and it's
normal to feel a little worried
sometimes but there's no need if you
have any concerns at all about your
child's development give the team at talk
time speech and language pathology a
call Teagan and a team of love to hear
from you and help you