Speech and Language Milestones, Ages 3 to 5 Years
Speech and language development milestones relate to receptive language (the ability to understand words and sounds) and expressive language (the ability to use speech and gestures to communicate meaning).
A child's speech and language development becomes more advanced beginning around age 3 through age 5. Receptive language skills during this period become more sophisticated; a child learns to make subtle distinctions between objects and relationships. Also, the child can understand multi-step requests. Most children also gradually speak more fluently and use proper grammar more consistently.
|Receptive language||Expressive language|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||December 21, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 21, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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