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18 months-2 years

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  What do children ages 1-1/2 to 2 years typically do?

Children of this age typically

  • point to things or pictures when they are named,
  • know names of familiar people and body parts,
  • say sentences with 2–4 words,
  • follow simple instructions,
  • repeat words overheard in conversation,
  • point to things in a book.


  What are some tips that parents can use when dealing with this age group?

Your child will be able to follow directions and begin to put words together, such as “car go” or “want juice.” He will also begin to do pretend play, which fosters language development.

You can spur your child’s communication skills:

  • Ask your child to help you. For example, ask her to put her cup on the table or to bring you her shoe.
  • Teach your child simple songs and nursery rhymes. Read to your child. Ask him to point to and tell you what he sees.
  • Encourage your child to talk with friends and family. She can tell them about a new toy.
  • Engage your child in pretend play. You can talk on a play phone, feed the dolls, or have a party with the toy animals.


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Additional milestone resources can be found at


Early Learning Manager:

Krissy Washington
Phone: 414-475-8094
Fax: 414-475-8737

Early Childhood Supervisor/
Achievement Gap Reduction:

Allison Foyer
Phone: 414-475-8673
Fax: 414-475-8737

Head Start Program Supervisor:

Meredith Welch, MSW, APSW
Phone: 414-252-0350
Fax: 414-252-0365

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