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Developmental Milestones Checklist for Children


0-3 Months
  • Follows moving person with eyes while lying on back
  • Blinks at sudden visual stimulus
  • Lifts head and chest while lying on his stomach
  • Grasps rattle when given to the child
  • Responds to speech by looking at the speaker
  • Makes cooing, gurgling sounds
  • Smiles when smiled at
  • Attempts to imitate sounds
  • Can be comforted by a familiar adult
  • Responds positively to touch
  • Looks at the place on the body that is being touched
  • Observes their own hands

3-6 Months
  • Claps hands
  • Reaches for and grasps objects
  • Follows moving object with eyes without moving head
  • Repeats some vowel and consonant sounds
  • Knows familiar faces
  • Exchanges sounds, facial expressions, or gestures
  • Laughs aloud
  • Smiles spontaneously
  • Pays attention to own name
  • Plays peek-a-boo

6-9 Months
  • Plays with toy actively by moving wrists
  • Reaches and grasps objects with straight elbow
  • Crawls and sits up
  • Begins repetitive babbling
  • Associates gestures with words like “hi” and “bye, bye”
  • Uses verbal and non-verbal communication to express interest and influence others
  • Expresses several different emotions
  • Distinguishes friends from strangers
  • Shows displeasure at loss of a toy

9-12 Months
  • Puts objects into or takes objects out of container
  • Claps hands
  • Drinks from cup with help
  • Stands momentarily
  • Walks with one hand held
  • Understands names of familiar people and objects
  • Says a few words
  • Responds to a firm “no”
  • Shows anxiety when separated from primary caregiver
  • Mimics simple actions

1-2 Years
  • Walks alone
  • Picks up toys from a standing position
  • Marks paper with crayon
  • Grasps and holds a small ball
  • Turns 2 to 3 pages at a time
  • Follows a series of 2 simple but related directions
  • Responds correctly when asked “Where?”
  • From about 18 months, begins learning about 9 new words a day
  • Uses “my” or “mine” to indicate possession; begins to use “me”, “I,” and “you”
  • Recognizes themselves in a picture or mirror
  • Shows intense feelings for parents and affection for familiar people
  • Plays by themselves and initiates their own play
  • Expresses negative feelings
  • Shows pride and pleasure in new accomplishments

2-3 Years
  • Runs forward
  • Jumps in place with both feet together
  • Kicks ball forward
  • Strings large beads
  • Turns pages one by one
  • Draws a circle
  • Participates in short conversations
  • Asks “why” questions
  • Uses sentences of 3 words or more to communicate
  • Helps to dress and undress themselves
  • Begins to talk about feelings
  • Shows awareness of gender identity
  • Begins self-evaluation and develops notions of self as good, bad, attractive, etc.

3-4 Years
  • Hops on one foot three times
  • Bounces and catches a large ball
  • Rides a tricycle
  • People outside the family understand 80% of what the child says
  • Talks in whole sentences
  • Answers “who”, “how”, “how many” questions
  • Follows a series of simple questions
  • Shares toys, takes turns with assistance
  • Initiates or joins play with other children
  • Washes hands by self and blows nose when reminded

4-5 Years
  • Skips and gallops
  • Completes a picture of a stick person
  • Cuts out small triangle/square with scissors
  • Answers "when" and "why" questions
  • Participates in long, detailed conversations
  • Talks about the past, future, and imaginary events
  • Compares themselves with others
  • Develops friendships
  • Expresses more awareness of others’ feelings
  • Enjoys imaginative play
  • Shows interest in expressing gender differences

If you feel your child may be experiencing difficulty in any of these categories, we have just the right
speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services to ensure that he or she succeeds.

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