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  • Understand simple instructions – “get your shoes"

  • Use about 50 words (may still not be clear)

  • Repeat words they hear

  • Start to combine words to form little sentences “Daddy gone”

2 Years

Your role as communication partner:

  • Offer choices – offering a choice between two items provides the opportunity for the child to talk and models vocabulary

  • Extend – if a child says one word you can extend it by adding another, for example the child says ‘milk’, you say ‘more milk'

  • Use the child’s name – children can become so focussed on their play that gaining their attention by saying their name before you talk to them will help them to listen to you

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