Have a chat to your Child & Family Health Nurse or GP if your child is not
  • Playing with a variety of games and activities.
  • Showing a wide range of emotions.
  • Able to focus on one activity for more than 5 minutes.
  • Able to go to the toilet alone.
  • Fluent with speech or has problems repeating words or sounds.
  • Drawing pictures.
  • Able to brush their teeth, wash and dry their hands or get undressed without help.
Why TALKing builds literacy
Talking with Gabby can be so much fun as her vocabulary and understanding of language develops and is more sophisticated. During this time she will master 'his and hers' and start to understand tenses and more complex concepts.

Over the last few years Gabby has developed a sense of humour and now will tell jokes and play with words. 'Knock knock' jokes are particularly popular and the laughter that follows can be for her enthusiasm and enjoyment rather than the joke itself.

Gabby learns by copying those around her. Explaining the consequences of her actions can help Gabby develop her ability to relate to the feelings of others.

Gabby's parents are already preparing her for school and talking to her about the skills she will need when she starts school. They have been practising listening, following instructions and eating a school lunch.