Have a chat to your Child & Family Health Nurse or GP if your child is not
  • Interested in playing.
  • Understanding simple instructions.
  • Coming to you for attention or support.
  • Using many words to label objects, people and actions.
  • Joining words in meaningful phrases.
  • Interested in food.
  • Finds it hard to use small objects.
  • And if your child is falling a lot.
Why TALKing builds literacy
There can be a big difference between children of the same age in how much they can talk. Children this age are learning to talk at different rates; however, they should all be showing an interest in talking and putting together two to three words.

Naming Cherise's feelings when she is happy or angry helps her learn about her emotions. It helps when mum talks about how she is feeling; this is one way Cherise will learn to manage her emotions.

One of Cherise's first ways of expressing her opinions is to say "No" even when she doesn't mean it! Understanding that this is just her way of having a say over her world avoids frustration on both sides.

Giving children choices at this age helps them feel that they have some control over their world and builds on their drive for independence. Offering a choice between two things reduces frustration when they are faced with doing something they may not want to do or are overwhelmed by the options, for example, "Do you want to wear the elephant T-shirt or the mouse one?" rather than "What do you want to wear today?"