Joining words together – 3 strategies to help your child use two word phrases

When children are using lots of single words, they may need some help to learn how they can put words together to make short sentences. There are also a number of different types of two word phrases. As a quick refresher for those of you who can’t remember school English a noun is a naming word. Here are some of the different types and some example phrases for each type: Action + Noun eg. “running horse” Noun + Action eg. “boy is jumping” Noun/Action + Location eg. “teddy in” or “jumping the log” Descriptive Word + Noun/Action eg. “soft kitty” or “silly walk” or “one apple” Social language + Noun/Action eg. “ta Mum” or “more tickles” It’s important that children have lots of chances to hear a variety of these different sentence types used every day. Remember as a parent you are the best language teacher your child has and it’s more about talking throughout life rather than formal sit down practice that will make the biggest difference. Most children start joining words together at about 18 months of age. Here are a few of the strategies that we find consistently work with most children who have a number of single words (50+) and are ready to start moving towards joining two words together. 1. Model: Use 2 and 3 word sentences to demonstrate the sort of phrases your child could use. For example, when having a drink of juice you could use some of these phrases: All gone No more juice Drink juice Pour juice Uh oh! Spilled the juice. Cold juice Let’s pour slowly It’s your juice My juice. 2. Expand: Expansion is...