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A child formulating a thought

Uses spoken language

Using spoken language effectively allows your child to communicate without relying on gestures. At this age, he may still have difficulty pronouncing certain letters. However, he should be able to communicate with familiar adults and other children, as well as tell short stories and keep a conversation going.

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Kuhn, L. J., Willoughby, M. T., Wilbourn, M. P., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Blair, C. B. (2014). Early communicative gestures prospectively predict language development and executive function in early childhood. Child Development, 85, 1898–1914.