Communication Skills of a Three-Year-Old

Subject: Psychology
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A three-year-old child is more eager to interact with other people and understand their expectations. The rate at which a child develops his or her language skills may vary greatly while remaining within the normal spectrum. Some children I know are rather talkative and communicate in full sentences, whereas others may only use short phrases.

After doing research, I am convinced that it is normal if a child has not yet mastered proper articulation and some of his or her phrases are not completely comprehensible. It is expected that a three-year-old child can tell his or her name and age and answer other simple questions. A typical sentence length for a child at this age amounts to five-six words, whereas the vocabulary may contain up to 500 words. Since their vocabulary is growing rapidly, many children become capable of telling cohesive stories.

This aptitude is associated with their growing ability to pretend and fantasize both alone and with other children. Significant cognitive milestones include naming colors, shapes, and numbers and being able to compare objects by color, shape, and size. A common characteristic of a three-year-old child is growing curiosity; for instance, they may be asking many “why” questions: “Why is the sky blue?”, “Why are the birds singing?” As for emotional development, at this age, children start to understand the emotions that they are feeling; however, they still have little to no control over their expression.

This results in poor impulse control: instead of communicating what they want, children may take action immediately, for instance, grab a toy or hit someone. Overall, however, three-year-olds should be past the crisis of two years, otherwise known as “terrible twos,” and show more readiness to cooperate.