Developmental Milestones

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3 Months

- Responds to adult interactions
- Seeks to make eye contact with adults
- Begins to “coo” and “gurgle”
- Vocalizes to adult’s smile and talk
- Responds to stimulation in and around the mouth

6 Months

- Responds to sounds other than voices
- Recognizes own name
- Begins to babble consonant-vowel combinations
- Takes turns vocalizing
- Vocalizations sound more “speech like” (babbling becomes more complex with practice)
- Eats pureed foods from a small spoon
- Holds a bottle independently

9 Months

- Gives objects upon request
- Understands simple questions (“Want up?”)
- Looks at pictures in a book
- Much more complex vocalizations (sounds like a conversation)
- Begins to say a few words
- Cleans spoon with his/her upper lip
- Begins to self feed using fingers
- Begins eating soft table foods

12 Months

- Identifies objects in the environment
- Follows one-step directions
- Says more words spontaneously
- Imitates new words
- Uses toys and objects functionally (pushes a toy, attempts to brush own hair)
- Drinks through a straw
- Bites through crunchy cookies and crackers

18 Months

- Produces at least fifteen words
- Uses consonants such as t, d, n, and h
- Understands 50 words
- Pretends with toys (pretends to feed a doll using a block for food)
- Moves food in his/her mouth from side to side as they chew
- Drinks out of open cup

24 Months

- Produces at least 50 words
- Uses two-word phrases frequently
- Follows a two-step related command (“pick up the ball and roll it to me.”)
- Pretends in two-step sequences (pretends to give a doll a drink & wipe its mouth)
- Feeds him/herself using a spoon

36 Months

- Produces at least 500 words
- Answers “wh” questions (“what did you eat for lunch?)
- Begins to use grammatical forms (plurals, past-tense verbs, pronouns)
- Produces all speech sounds correctly except s, z, sh, ch, j, th, l, and r
- 80% understandable
- Consumes a variety of liquids and solids

4 Years

- Follows multi-part directions
- Begins to play rhyming games (“what rhymes with bat?)
- Can tell about experiences in the correct sequence
- Produces all speech ┬ásounds correctly except r and “th” – 100% understandable
- Eating advanced textures with minimal supervision from caregiver

5 Years

- Has a minimum expressive vocabulary of 1500 words
- Can tell a story (includes a beginning, middle, and end)
- Defines objects by their use and can talk about their features (size, shape, composition)