3 Year Old Speech Milestones - Language Development Norms

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Parents know how much energy it takes to raise a preschooler, and it can be difficult to keep track of their progress as they age and life gets busier. There's a lot of information available on the internet about how your child should be developing during this stage of life, so we've made it easy for you to assess how your little one compares to the average milestones.


A Typical 3 Year Old:

  • Understands in/on/under

  • Can name 3 or more colours

  • Uses regular plurals (i.e. "socks")

  • Understands time concept (yesterday/today/tomorrow)

  • Overgeneralizes past tense (i.e. "I runned")

  • Initiates conversation

  • Begins to ask permission