30 Months

Does your 30-month old…

  • understand the concepts of size (big/little) and quantity (a little, a lot, more)?
  • use some adult grammar – “two cookies”, “bird flying”, “I jumped”?
  • use more than 350 words?
  • use action words – “run, spill, fall?”
  • take short turns with other children, using both toys and words?
  • show concern when another child is hurt or sad?
  • combine several actions in play – feeds doll then puts it to sleep; puts blocks in the train then drives train and drops the blocks off?
  • put the sound at the start of most words?
  • produce words with two or more syllables or beats – “ba-na-na”, “com-pu-ter”, “a-pple”? …recognize familiar logos and signs – McDonalds’ golden arches, stop sign?
  • remember and understand familiar stories?


If your child does not do one or several of the above, we can help!

Complete the First Words Communication Checkup or contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or 613-PARENTS for more information.

Renfrew county families may call our Intake Office at 613-732-7007, ext. 5905 or 1-888-421-2222.



Also, look out for any of these red flags:

  • Limited eye gaze and/or limited shared interest in others
  • Repeats exactly what you say rather than responding
  • Disinterest or detachment from other children of the same age when playing
  • Does not look at you when listening or speaking
  • Makes noises or uses gestures to express needs instead of using words or sentences
  • Repetitive  play or movement behaviors
  • Limited sequenced pretend play
  • Loss of any social and/or language skills


If you have noticed any of these red flags, your child may be dealing with a developmental issue as well as a language delay and will need more support.  An immediate referral to the  Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC) for a developmental assessment might be required. Contact the CHEO Access Team at 613-737-2757.


Here are a few quick strategies to help your 30-month old learn to communicate:

  • Take the time to talk with your child.  Through conversations, they will learn new words and how to make short sentences.
  • Play with sensory materials like play dough, water, and sand.  This provides many opportunities to use descriptive words.
  • Sing songs that have lots of repetition like “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”.
  • Read every day to build vocabulary.  Reread books over and over!
  • Tell and read short stories.  You can make them up or use books.
  • Sort household objects by size:  small cushions/big pillows, small and big balls, etc.
  • Check out our “Strategies” and “Learning Tools” sections for other strategies and resources!