The Importance of Verbs and Other Word Types

The Importance of Verbs and Other Word Types

Language, Language Development Series, Late Talkers
A couple of weeks ago I uploaded a post called How Many Words Should My Child Be Saying? In this post I outlined the number of words children should have by particular ages, and why it’s important to monitor the quantity of your child’s vocabulary. What I didn’t really talk about, however, was the importance of variety within a child’s vocabulary. Most children’s earliest words are nouns, or the names of objects, people and places (e.g. Mum, dad, car, train, etc.). Once they begin to acquire more and more words, however, they begin to acquire new word types, like verbs (e.g. jump, run, go), descriptive words (e.g. yucky, yummy, wet, dirty), location words (e.g. up, down, there) and more. These words are important for effective communication, as there’s only so much information…
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How Many Words Should My Child Be Saying?

How Many Words Should My Child Be Saying?

Language, Language Development Series, Late Talkers
Probably the most common question I am asked by parents is how many words should their child be saying at a given age. A lack of words is one of the earliest warning signs for parents, that their child’s communication is not developing typically. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of different figures floating around. While I covered broader communication development in my Early Language Development Series, I wanted to cover vocabulary acquisition specifically, for this reason. Age Average Number of Words Minimum Number of Words 12 months 1 15 months 10 1 18 months 50 5-15 24 months 200-300 50 The above table breaks down early vocabulary down into ages, along with the average number of words most children will have and the minimum number of words they must have to be considered…
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Language Development: Five Year Olds

Language Development: Five Year Olds

Language, Language Development Series
Five is a big year for little ones as they will have started or will be about to make the big transition to school. Language development in this year involves a lot of expanding and refining the skills they’ve been working so hard on in the past years, and developing the ability to understand and use more complex and abstract language. The foundation of language abilities your child has developed will be incredibly important for your child’s success at school, and will help them to be ready to take advantage of the enormous amount of learning they will do in their first year of formal education. Vocabulary When a typical child turns five, they will have a vocabulary of more than 2000 words. This is an enormous number, and includes…
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Language Development: Four Years Old

Language Development: Four Years Old

Language, Language Development Series
So now your child is four, and their communication is sounding a lot like that of an adult. They are able to understand and express more than ever before, which will come in handy as they begin to prepare for the transition to school. Vocabulary By four years your not-so-little-anymore one’s vocabulary will be huge, with around 1500 to 1600 words. Your child will be able to express an enormous amount of information about both the world around them and the world at large. This year, your child will also be learning some academic vocabulary, with your help and the help of your preschool or daycare, including letter names and numbers. You may also notice, as your child becomes a proficient counter and is very familiar with numbers, that they…
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Language Development: Three Years Old

Language Development: Three Years Old

Language, Language Development Series
When your child hits their third birthday we say farewell to the toddler years and welcome in the preschool years. Children at 3 are becoming more like miniature adults, and their communication is beginning to sound closer to that of adults. Words have taken over from gesturing and vocalising as their main form of communication, and their sentences are becoming longer and more complex.   Vocabulary Vocabularies continue to expand this year, beginning at 3 with on average 1000 words and turning 4 with around 1600. This seems huge, and it is. Between 3 and 4 your child will be saying words that you didn’t even know they knew. Infrequently used or heard, and complex words are being acquired and allow your child to talk about an enormous range of subjects.…
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