4.

3-4 Years Old

RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE

  • Follow more complex two part instructions (e.g., give me the teddy and throw the ball)

  • Understand simple 'wh-' questions, such as ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘who’

  • Understand the concepts of ‘same’ and ‘different’

  • Sort items into groups when asked (e.g., toys vs food)

  • Recognise some basic colours.

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE  

  • Say four to five words in a sentence

  • Use a variety of words for names, actions, locations and descriptions

  • Ask questions using ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘who’

  • Talk about something in the past, but may use ‘-ed’ a lot (e.g., ‘he goed there’)

  • Have a conversation, but may not take turns or stay on topic.


PRAGMATICS

  • More elaborate discussion of emotions and feelings 

  • Ability to address specific requests for clarification increases 

  • Narratives have a sequence of events with plot, characters and resolution.