Early Childhood development
All children are different and each has their own strengths and skills. If you have concerns about your child's development we are here to assess their skills and determine if they need some help along the way to reach their developmental milestones. Here are some of the skills children should exhibit at the following ages.
By 3 months:
-watch objects and faces, smiling and cooing, cries when hungry or uncomfortable, likes their bath, brings hands together, grasps an object placed in their hand
By 6 months:
-plays with a rattle, laughs, increase in vocalization, smiles at mirror image, swallows purees, transfers objects from on hand to another, bangs objects, rolling.
By 9 months
-imitates some actions-claps hands, makes a few more consonant sounds, varies intonation pattern, expresses affection, plays simple game (peek-a-boo), closes lips on a spoon, hold bottle, begin to finger feed, moves from back to sitting, picks up small objects, pokes with finger.
By 12 months
-looks at pictures in picture book, follow routine commands, stops when told "no", imitates facial expressions, brings toys to share, chews textured foods, drinks from a sippy cup, cooperates with hand washing, may be walking, move from stand to sit
By 18 months
-puts objects into a container, combine two objects in play, follows more varied directions, has a few words, points to some body parts, indicates "yes" and "no", stirs with a spoon, tries to wash own hands, use a straw, squat in play, climbs.
By 24 months
-names objects spontaneously, match items to pictures, inserts shapes, stacks 6-7 blocks, point to pictures, regularly adding words to vocabulary, two word combinations, imitates words readily, asks for help, removes looses clothing, uses spoon, puts objects away, walk backwards, imitates strokes, throws a ball, walks up stairs with alternating feet.
By 30 months
-understands some number concepts, matches shapes, identifies objects by use, uses 3 or more words in sentence, understand negative words, uses plurals, takes turns, takes off shoes, socks, washes and dries hands, uses a fork, walks with swinging arms, catches ball, jumps in place, holds pencil with adult like grasp.
By 36 months
-state gender, counts to 5, completes 3-4 piece puzzle, understand concepts such as "big", can use language to describe, respond to more questions, ask questions, interacts appropriately with other children, pour with assistance, brushes teeth, daytime toilet training, threads beads, snips with scissors, stands on one foot,kicks a ball.