Here are some strategies for language development between the ages of 3-5 years.

Remember that in typically developing children, 80% of your child’s language has been developed by age 3. This means that from age 3 through adulthood your child is refining their language skills and learning higher level language concepts.

Some of these strategies may overlap with the 0-3 Strategies and others are new.

1. Create a necesity for your child to communicate.

2. Expand your child’s phrases by adding 1 word to what he/she says.

3. Provide choices or ask open ended questions rather than asking yes/no questions.

4. Decrease use of non-specific language (i.e it).

5. Talk to your child about their day.  Ask questions.

6. Dedicate time to playing with your child.

7. Create opportunities for socializing with other children and adults.

8. Encourage your child to use words in his repertoire.

9. Allow your child to do things for himself that he knows how to do. (i.e putting on shoes)

10.  Read books, talk about the pictures, and ask questions about the books.

The more you talk to your child; the more your child will pick up on language.  Children imitate their parents/caregivers.  Make sure to include them in on family conversations (during dinner and other times) in your daily routines.