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Developmental Milestones - 5 Years of Age

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Important Milestones: Your Child By 5 Years of Age
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 5 years. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most children do by this age:



Social and Emotional
Wants to please friends Wants to be like friends More likely to agree with rules Likes to sing, dance, and act Is aware of gender Can tell what’s real and what’s make-believe Shows more independence (for example, may visit a next-door neighbor by himself [adult supervision is still needed]) Is sometimes demanding and sometimes very cooperative Language/Communication
Speaks very clearly Tells a simple story using full sentences Uses future tense; for example, “Grandma will be here.” Says name and address  C…

Developmental Milestones - 4 Years of Age

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Important Milestones: Your Child By 4 Years of Age
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 4 years. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most children do by this age:



Social and Emotional
Enjoys doing new things Plays “Mom” and “Dad” Is more and more creative with make-believe play Would rather play with other children than by himself Cooperates with other children Often can’t tell what’s real and what’s make-believe Talks about what she likes and what she is interested in Language/Communication
Knows some basic rules of grammar, such as correctly using “he” and “she” Sings a song or says a poem from memory such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the “Wheels on the Bus” Tells stories Can say firs…

Developmental Milestones - 3 Years of Age

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Important Milestones: Your Child By 3 Years of Age
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 3 years. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most children do by this age:




Social and Emotional
Copies adults and friends Shows affection for friends without prompting Takes turns in games Shows concern for crying friend Understands the idea of “mine” and “his” or “hers” Shows a wide range of emotions Separates easily from mom and dad May get upset with major changes in routine  Dresses and undresses self Language/Communication
Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps Can name most familiar things Understands words like “in,” “on,” and “under” Says first name, age, and sex  Names a friend Says words li…

Developmental Milestones - 2 Years of Age

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Important Milestones: Your Toddler By 2 Years of Age
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 24 months. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most toddlers do by this age:



Social and Emotional
Copies others, especially adults and older childrenGets excited when with other children  Shows more and more independenceShows defiant behavior (doing what he has been told not to)Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase gamesLanguage/Communication
Points to things or pictures when they are namedKnows names of familiar people and body partsSays sentences with 2 to 4 wordsFollows simple instructionsRepeats words overheard in conversationPoints to …

Developmental Milestones - 18 months

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Important Milestones: Your Baby By Eighteen Months
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 18 months. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most babies do by this age:



Social and Emotional
Likes to hand things to others as playMay have temper tantrumsMay be afraid of strangersShows affection to familiar peoplePlays simple pretend, such as feeding a dollMay cling to caregivers in new situationsPoints to show others something interestingExplores alone but with parent close byLanguage/Communication
Says several single wordsSays and shakes head “no”Points to show someone what he wantsCognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush,…

Developmental Milestones - 9 months

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Important Milestones: Your Baby By Nine Months
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 9 months. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most babies do by this age:



Social and Emotional

May be afraid of strangersMay be clingy with familiar adultsHas favorite toys
Language/Communication

Understands “no”Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa”Copies sounds and gestures of othersUses fingers to point at things
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Watches the path of something as it fallsLooks for things she sees you hidePlays peek-a-booPuts things in his mouthMoves things smoothly from one hand to the otherPicks up things like cereal o’s between thumb and index fing…

Developmental Milestones - 6 months

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Important Milestones: Your Baby By Six Months
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 6 months. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most babies do by this age:



Social and Emotional
Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a strangerLikes to play with others, especially parentsResponds to other people’s emotions and often seems happyLikes to look at self in a mirrorLanguage/Communication
Responds to sounds by making soundsStrings vowels together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”) and likes taking turns with parent while making soundsResponds to own nameMakes sounds to show joy and displeasureBegins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with “m,” “b”)Cognitive (learning, thinking, pr…

Developmental Milestones - 4 months

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Important Milestones: Your Baby By Four Months
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 4 months. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most babies do by this age:




Social and Emotional
Smiles spontaneously, especially at people Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning Language/Communication
Begins to babble Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired  Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Lets you know if he is happy or sad Responds to affection Reaches for toy with one hand Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and …

Developmental Milestones - 2 months

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Important Milestones: Your Baby By Two Months
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 2 months. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most babies do by this age:



Social and Emotional
Begins to smile at people Can briefly calm herself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand) Tries to look at parent Language/CommunicationCoos, makes gurgling sounds Turns head toward soundsCognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Pays attention to faces Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change Movement/Physical Development
Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy Makes smoother movements with arm…

Annual "well child" Check-ups

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Annual "Well Child" check-up:
A “well child” check-up should include a developmental screening test.  If your child’s healthcare provider does not routinely check your child with such a test, insist that it be done. If your child receives Medicaid services, this annual check up is known as the  EPSDT, or Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Program.





The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during regular well-child doctor visits at:
9 months18 months24 or 30 months The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that children be screened for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Ask your child’s doctor about your child’s developmental screening.

Your personal observations and concerns about your child’s development are essential in helping to screen your child as effectively as possible. Remember, you are the expert on your child. Review family vide…