Development Milestones


0-3 Month Milestones

Motor

  • Lifts and holds head up
  • Pushes up on arms while lying on tummy
  • Able to move fists from open to fist
  • Able to bring hands to mouth
  • Moves legs and arms off of surface when excited

Sensory

  • Moves eyes to visually track objects
  • Attempts to reach for a toy held above their chest
  • Keeps head centered to watch faces or toys
  • Able to calm with rocking, touching, and gentle sounds
  • Is not upset by everyday sounds
  • Enjoys a variety of movements

Communication

  • Turns head towards sound or voice
  • Quiets or smiles when spoken to
  • Shows interest in faces
  • Makes eye contact
  • Cries differently for different needs (e.g. hungry vs. tired)
  • Coos and smiles

Feeding

  • Shows interest in food
  • Begins to eat cereals and pureed foods
  • Opens mouth as spoon approaches
  • Moves pureed food from front of mouth to back

4-6 Month Milestones

Motor

  • Uses hands to support self while sitting
  • Rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back
  • While standing with support, accepts entire weight with legs
  • Uses both hands to explore toys

Sensory

  • Reaches for toys and transfers them from hand to hand
  • Reaches both hands to play with feet
  • Brings hands and objects to mouth
  • Generally happy when not hungry or tired
  • Able to calm with rocking, touching, and gentle sounds
  • Is not upset by everyday sounds
  • Enjoys a variety of movements

Communication

  • Fears loud or unexpected noises
  • Listens and responds when spoken to
  • Begins to babble with p, b, and m sounds
  • Uses babbling to get attention
  • Makes different kinds of sounds to express feelings
  • Imitates sounds and facial expressions
  • Notices toys that make sounds

Feeding

  • Shows interest in food
  • Begins to eat cereals and pureed foods
  • Opens mouth as spoon approaches
  • Moves pureed food from front of mouth to back

7-9 Month Milestones

Motor

  • Sits and reaches for toys without falling
  • Moves from tummy or back into sitting
  • Creeps on hands and knees with alternate leg movement
  • Uses both hands to explore toys
  • Picks up head and pushes through elbows during Tummy Time
  • Turns head to visually track objects
  • Shows more control while rolling, sitting, and scooting
  • Starts to crawl and pull to a stand
  • Enjoys a variety of movements – bouncing up and down, rocking back and forth
  • Picks up small objects with thumbs and fingers
  • Tries to lean towards, reach for, and throw toys
  • In simple play imitates others

Sensory

  • Explores and examines an object using both hands and mouth
  • Turns several pages of a chunky board book at once
  • Experiments with the amount of force needed to pick up different objects
  • Focuses on objects near and far
  • Investigates shapes, sizes, and textures of toys and surroundings
  • Observes environment from a variety of positions – while lying on back or tummy, sitting, crawling, and standing with assistance

Communication

  • Uses increased variety of sounds and syllable combinations in babbling
  • Looks at familiar objects and people when named
  • Participates in two-way communication
  • Begins using hand movements to communicate wants and needs, e.g. reaches to be picked up
  • Follows some routine commands when paired with gestures
  • Distinguishes between familiar and unfamiliar voices
  • Shows recognition of commonly used words
  • Mimics facial expressions and gestures
  • Shows interest when looking or pointing
  • Responds to name

Feeding

  • Holds and drinks from a bottle
  • Places pacifier in mouth
  • Begins transition from milk or formula to infant cereal
  • Begins to eat junior and mashed table foods
  • Enjoys chew toys that can massage sore and swollen gums during teething
  • Feels full longer after eating more solid foods
  • Starts to look and reach for food that is nearby
  • Shows strong reaction to new smells and tastes
  • Begins to form associations with familiar smells and tastes

10-12 Month Milestones

Motor

  • Pulls to stand and cruises along furniture
  • Stands alone and takes several steps with independent steps
  • May start to walk independently
  • Moves in and out of various positions to explore environment and get desired toys
  • Sits unsupported and is able to turn head to look at objects without losing balance
  • Maintains balance when throwing objects
  • Claps hands
  • Looks around while body is in motion
  • Cranes neck to see around a corner or other obstacle
  • Releases objects into a container with a large opening
  • Uses thumb and pointer finger to pick up tiny objects

Sensory

  • Enjoys listening to songs
  • Enjoys different textures from food, blankets, mud, paint etc.
  • Explores toys with fingers and mouth
  • Crawls to or away from sounds coming from a distance
  • Crawls to or away from objects baby sees in the distance

Communication

  • Meaningfully uses “mama” or “dada”
  • Responds to simple directions, e.g. “Come here”
  • Produces long strings of gibberish (called jargoning) in social communication
  • Says one or two words
  • Imitates speech sounds
  • Babbling has sounds and rhythms of speech
  • Understands up to 50 words
  • Pays attention to where you are looking and pointing
  • Cries and notices when hurt

Feeding

  • Finger feeds self
  • Eating an increasing variety of food
  • Ready to try soft-cooked vegetables, soft fruits, and finger foods (teething biscuits, cooked pasta)
  • Might be ready to start self-spoon feeding
  • Enjoys a greater variety of smells and tastes
  • Is developing more teeth and better control of tongue and lips
  • Begins to use an open cup

13-18 Month Milestones

Motor

  • Walks independently
  • Squats to pick up a toy
  • Stacjs two objects
  • Helps with getting dress/undressed

Sensory

  • Has a regular sleep schedule
  • Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noises, and smells
  • Eats an increasing variety of foods

Communication

  • Combines sounds and gestures
  • Uses 20 words (mostly nouns)
  • Responds to questions
  • Continues to produce speech-like babbling
  • Points at familiar objects and people in pictures
  • Understands “in” and “on”
  • Responds to yes/no questions with head shake/nod
  • Understands up to 50 words

Feeding

  • Increases variety of coarsely chopped table foods
  • Holds and drinks from a cup

19 – 24 Month Milestones

Communication

  • Uses at least 50 words
  • Uses words more than gestures
  • Beginning to use 2 word phrases
  • Uses simple pronouns (me, you, my)
  • Understands more than 300 words
  • Understands action words
  • Enjoys listening to stories

2 – 3 Year Milestones

Communication

  • Consistently uses 2-3 word phrases
  • Uses “in” and “on”
  • At least 50% of speech is understood by caregiver
  • Follow 2-step directions, e.g. “pick up your coat and bring it to me”
  • Understands basic nouns, verbs, pronouns
  • Understands “mine” and “yours”
  • Ask “what” and “where” questions
  • Uses plurals, e.g. “dogs”
  • Most speech is understood by caregiver
  • Understands opposites e.g. “big” and “small”
  • Simple understanding of concepts including color, space, time
  • Understands “why” questions

Play and Social Skills

Enjoys playful face-to-face interaction with people
Coos in response to playful interaction
Notices and responds to sounds
Test

Coordination

Moves legs and arms off of surface when excited
Uses vision to follow black and white or brightly colored objects
Is able to open and shut hands
Is able to bring hands to mouth
Is able to be on tummy for short bursts of time
dfgbdf fgdfg wqerewer 34t erterte@#$23vwe h rgh%$

Daily Activities

Is able to latch on while nursing or bottle feeding
Is able to calm during car rides when not tired or hungry
Enjoys bath time
Is usually able to tolerate diaper changing without crying

Self-Expression

Is able to be comforted by cuddling or a parent’s touch
Is not upset with everyday sounds
Is usually happy when not hungry or tired
Enjoys varied playful movement experiences (i.e. bouncing on knees)
Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touching, and calm sounds
Does not demonstrate frequent or long bouts of being upset

Play and Social Skills

Enjoys playful interactions with others (such as peek a boo)
Is vocalizing in response to playful interaction
Turns head toward sounds
Maintains eye contact with familiar people during playful interaction
Enjoys playing with toys of varied textures
Enjoys musical toys
Raises hands to be picked up
Enjoys various types of movement, such as being gently swung

Coordination

Is beginning to put weight through feet when supported in standing
Is able to lift head forward when being pulled to sitting, from lying on back
Is able to play on tummy for short bursts of time
Is able to roll from tummy to back (5 months) and from back to tummy (6 months)
Is able to pick up head and prop on elbows during tummy time
Uses hands to play with and explore toys
Uses both hands equally to play with toys
Is able to turn head to visually follow motivating toys and people

Daily Activities

Is able to latch on while nursing or bottle feeding
Is able to stay calm during car rides when not tired or hungry
Enjoys bath time
Is usually able to tolerate diaper changing without crying
Is not fearful when moving to lying on back for diaper changing

Self-Expression

Is able to be comforted by cuddling or a parent’s touch
Is not fearful of everyday sounds
Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Enjoys varied playful movement experiences (i.e. bouncing on knees)
Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and soothing sounds

Play and Social Skills

Is interested in interacting with others (such as peek a boo)
Enjoys playing with toys of varied textures
Enjoys playing with musical toys
Is interested in playing with colorful objects
Raises hands towards adult to be picked up
Maintains eye contact with people during playful interaction
Enjoys moving to explore the environment when placed on floor
Enjoys various types of movement, such as being gently swung in the air by parents

Coordination

Is able to put weight through feet when supported in standing
Is able to pick up head and push through elbows during tummy time
Keeps head forward when being pulled to sitting from lying on back
Is able to play on tummy
Moves on floor to get desirable toy
Moves in and out of various positions (i.e. sitting, tummy, and hands and knees)
Is able to turn head to visually follow motivating toys and people
Maintains balance while sitting and using two hands together to explore toys
Uses both hands equally to play with toys

Daily Activities

Is able to latch on while nursing or bottle feeding
Enjoys bath time
Is able to self calm in car rides when not tired or hungry
Usually tolerates diaper changes without crying
Is not fearful of tipping head back when moving from sitting to lying down,for activities such as diaper changing
Is able to transition from milk or formula to infant cereal

Self-Expression

Is able to be comforted by cuddling or a parent’s touch
Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and soothing sounds
Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule

Play and Social Skills

Is interested in interacting with others (such as peek a boo)
Maintains eye contact with people during playful interactions
Raises hands to be picked up
Turns head in response to name being called
Points to objects of interest by 12 months
Enjoys playing with toys of varied textures
Enjoys playing and banging musical toys
Enjoys various types of movement, such as being gently swung in the air by parents
Frequently explores the environment when placed on floor
Enjoys moving to get a desirable toy

Coordination

Moves in and out of various positions (i.e. crawling, climbing, cruising, and walking) to explore environment and get desired toys
Keeps head forward when being pulled to sitting from lying on back
Is able to pull self to stand
Is able to hold head upright while crawling by 11 months
Primarily crawls or walks to get desired objects
Puts weight through hands or feet when moving in and out of positions and while supported in standing
Is able to sit unsupported and turn head to look at objects without losing balance
Is able to throw balls and maintain balance
Uses both hands equally to play and explore toy
Is able to clap hands
Enjoys and seeks out various ways to move and play

Daily Activities

Usually enjoys bath time
Is able to self calm in car rides when not tired or hungry
Is usually able to tolerate diaper changing without crying
Is not fearful of tipping head back when moving from sitting to lying on back
Is able to use fingertips to pick up small objects, such as small pieces of food
Is eating an increasing variety of food
Can usually participate in dressing without becoming upset
Has an established sleep schedule

Is usually able to calm self to fall asleep

Self-Expression

Is comforted by cuddling and a parent’s touch
Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and is usually not startled by them
Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and calm sounds
Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noise, and smells
Cries and notices when hurt
Is able to self soothe when upset

Play and Social Skills

Is interested in interacting with people (plays patty cake)
Raises hands to be picked up
Maintains eye contact with people during playful interactions
Is interested in imitating others
Turns head in response to name being called
Points to objects of interest by 12 months
Is able to locate objects you are pointing t
Claps hand together in response to social play
Enjoys playing with variety of toys and textures
Enjoys banging and playing with musical toys
Enjoys playing with new toys
Eagerly explores the environment when placed on the floor
Enjoys being swung and gently thrown in air
Enjoys exploring and playing at the playground

Coordination

Is frequently moving in and out of various positions (i.e. crawling, climbing, cruising, and walking) to explore and get desirable objects
Maintains balance in sitting or standing while using two hands together to explore toys
Is able to turn head to look at objects without losing balance while standing
Is able to take steps toward motivating ite
Crawls or walks to get desired item
Has adequate endurance and strength to play with peers
Uses hands to help move from one position to another
Is able to throw balls without losing balance
Uses both hands equally to play with and explore toys
Seeks out various new ways to move and play

Daily Activities

Usually enjoys bath time
Is able to self calm in car rides when not tired or hungry
Usually tolerates diaper changes without crying
Is able to tip head back when moving from sitting to back
Is able to use fingertips to pick up small objects, such as small pieces of food
Eats an increasing variety of food
Can usually participate in dressing without becoming upset
Has an established sleep schedule
Is usually able to calm self to fall asleep
Is able to tolerate and wear new and varied textures of clothing

Self-Expression

Is comforted by cuddling and a parent’s touch
Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and soothing sounds
Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and is usually not startled by them
Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule
Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noise, and smells
Cries and notices when hurt
Is able to self soothe when upset
Enjoys various textures, such as grass or sand, after multiple exposures
Is able to transition to new environment or activity

Play and Social Skills

Turns head in response to name being called
Is able to participate in small groups with other children
Is interested, aware, and able to maintain eye contact with others
Is able to play in social situations after a transition time
Points to objects of interest
Is able to locate objects you are pointing to
Explores varied environments such as a new playground
Enjoys swinging on playground swings
Enjoys being swung and gently thrown in air
Enjoys playing with new toys in varied ways
Usually plays with toys without mouthing them
Enjoys playing with a variety of toys and textures
Enjoys playing with musical toys
Enjoys sitting to look at or listen to a book

Coordination

Is frequently moving in and out of various positions (i.e. crawling, climbing,cruising, and walking) to explore and get desirable objects
Coordinates movements needed to play and explore
Usually walks with heel toe pattern and not primarily on toes
Enjoys and seeks out various ways to move and play
Has adequate endurance and strength to play with peers
Can maintain balance to catch ball or when gently bumped by peers
Is able to throw and attempt to catch ball without losing balance
Uses hands to help move from one position to another
Uses both hands equally to play with and explore toys

Daily Activities

Enjoys bath time
Is able to self calm in car rides when not tired or hungry
Usually tolerates diaper changes without crying
Is not fearful of tipping head back when moving from sitting to back
Is able to use fingertips to pick up small objects, such as small pieces of food
Is able to eat an increasing variety of food
Can usually participate in dressing without becoming upset
Has an established sleep schedule
Is usually able to self calm to fall asleep
Is able to tolerate and wear new and varied textures of clothing

Self-Expression

Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and soothing sounds
Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and is usually not startled by them
Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule
Does not require an excessive routine to calm
Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noise, and smells
Cries and notices when hurt
Is able to self soothe when upset
Enjoys various textures, such as grass or sand after multiple exposures
Is able to transition to new environment or activity
Is able to be away from parents when with supportive and familiar people

Play and Social Skills

Is able to participate in small groups with other children
Is interested, aware, and able to maintain eye contact with others
Turns head in response to name being called
Explores varied environments such as a new playground
Enjoys swinging on playground swings
Is able to play in social situations after a transition time
Enjoys swinging, being thrown in air, and roughhousing
Enjoys playing with a variety of toys and textures
Is able to locate objects of interest
Is able to locate objects you are pointing to
Enjoys playing with musical toys
Enjoys playing with new toys in varied ways
Usually plays with toys without mouthing them
Enjoys sitting to listen or look at book
Is able to participate in messy activities that result in dirty hands

Coordination

Enjoys and seeks out various ways to move and play
Has adequate endurance and strength to play with peers
Uses hands to help move from one position to another
Coordinates movements needed to play and explore
Usually walks with heel toe pattern and not primarily on toes
Can maintain balance to catch ball or when gently bumped by peers
Is able to walk and maintain balance over uneven surfaces
Walks through a new room without bumping into objects and people
Only leans on furniture, walls or people and sits slumped over when tired
Is able to throw and attempt to catch ball without losing balance
Coordinates both hands to play, such as swinging a bat or opening a container
Uses both hands equally to play and explore toys

Coordinates hand and finger movements needed to participate in table top games and activities

Daily Activities

Enjoys bath time
Is able to self calm in car rides when not tired or hungry
Tolerates diaper changes without crying
Is not fearful of tipping head back
Is able to use fingertips to pick up small objects, such as small pieces of food
Eats an increasing variety of food
Has an established sleep schedule
Is usually able to self calm to fall asleep
Is able to tolerate and wear new and varied textures of clothes
Is able to take appropriate bites of food, does not always stuff mouth
Is aware of sensations such as a wet diaper or underpants
Is able to tolerate and stay calm during haircuts
Is able to adapt to changes in routine

Self-Expression

Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and calm sounds
Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and is usually not startled by them
Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule
Does not require an excessive routine to calm
Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noise, and smells
Cries and notices when hurt
Is able to self soothe when upset
Enjoys various textures, such as grass or sand, after multiple exposures
Is able to transition to new environment or activity
Is able to be away from parents when with supportive and familiar people
Enjoys playing near peers

Play and Social Skills

Is interested in, aware of, and able to maintain eye contact with others
Enjoys playing in small groups with children of the same age
Is able to initiate and play with another child of the same age
Turns head in response to name being called
Interested in exploring varied environments, such as new playground or friend’s house
Is able to play in new social situations
Enjoys playing with variety of toys intended for children of the same age
Is aware of risky and unsafe environments and behavior
Participates in crafts / activities that involve wet textures, such as glue
Enjoys rough but safe play with peers, siblings, or parents
Enjoys swinging on playground swings
Enjoys playing with new toys
Is able to locate objects you are pointing to
Enjoys sitting to look at or listen to a book
Usually does not bring non-food objects to mouth
Is able to play with one toy or theme for 15 minute periods of time

Coordination

Enjoys and seeks out various ways to move and play
Has adequate endurance and strength to play with peers
Coordinates movements needed to play and explore
Usually walks with heel toe pattern and not primarily on toes
Can maintain balance to catch ball or when gently bumped by peers
Is able to walk and maintain balance over uneven surfaces
Walks through new room without bumping into objects or people
Only leans on furniture, walls or people and sits slumped over when tired
Is able to throw and attempt to catch ball without losing balance
Coordinates both hands to play, such as swinging a bat or opening a container
Coordinates hand and finger movement needed to participate in table top games and activities
Is able to color and begin to imitate shapes
Uses appropriate force when playing with peers or pets or when holding objects
Is able to maintain good sitting posture needed to sit in chair

Daily Activities

Is able to use utensils to pick up pieces of food
Has an established sleep schedule
Is usually able to self calm to fall asleep
Is able to tolerate and wear textures of new and varied articles of clothes
Is able to take appropriate bites of food, does not always stuff mouth
Is able to tolerate haircuts and nail cutting without crying
Is able to adapt to changes in routine
Can take bath or shower, although preference may be present
Eats a diet rich in various foods, temperatures, and textures
Can drink from a cup and straw without dribbling
Need for crashing, bumping and moving fast does not interfere with participation in activities and family life.
Is able to complete everyday tasks that have multiple steps, such as dressing
Frequently wakes up rested and ready for a new day

Self-Expression

Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and is usually not startled by them
Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule
Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noises, and smells
Cries and notices when hurt
Is able to calm self down after upsetting event
Is able to transition to new environment or activity
Is able to pay attention and is not distracted by sounds not noticed by others
Is able to cope with an unexpected change

Play and Social Skills

Is interested in, aware of, and able to maintain eye contact with others
Is able to initiate play with another child of the same age
Would rather play with a friend or children rather than adults
Has several friends and enjoys playing with them
Enjoys participating in family outings
Enjoys playing in a new setting
Is able to resolve conflict with friends or other children without teacher or parent intervention
Participates in crafts / activities that involve wet textures, such as glue
Is interested in exploring varied environments, such as new playground or friend’s house
Is able to play in and accommodate to new social situations
Enjoys rough but safe play with peers, siblings, or parents
Enjoys playing with new toys
Enjoys swinging on playground swings
Is able to locate objects you are pointing to
Enjoys playing with a variety of toys intended for children of the same age
Is aware of risky and unsafe environments and behavior
Usually does not bring non-food objects to mouth
Is able to think of various ways to play with one toy
Is not overly controlling of play with other children
Pretend play is rich and varied and does not require adult direction
Can start and finish age appropriate activities within a reasonable amount of time

Coordination

Is able to use utensils to pick up pieces of food
Has an established sleep schedule
Is usually able to self calm to fall asleep
Is able to tolerate and wear textures of new and varied articles of clothes
Is able to take appropriate bites of food, does not always stuff mouth
Is able to tolerate haircuts and nail cutting
Is able to adapt to changes in routine
Can take bath or shower, although preference may be present
Eats a diet rich in various foods, temperatures, and textures
Need for crashing, bumping and moving fast does not interfere with participation in activities and family life.
Is able to independently complete everyday tasks that have multiple steps, such as dressing
Frequently wakes up rested and ready for a new day
Is able to eat without making a mess
Is aware when food is on mouth or face
Is able to follow multiple step directions when motivated
Can organize self and day to accomplish age appropriate tasks independently
Can pay attention in a busy environment such as a classroom
Enjoys participating in loud fun settings, such as birthday parties
Is not overly controlling of daily tasks such as dressing or mealtimes

Self-Expression

Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and is usually not startled by them
Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule
Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noise, and smells
Cries and notices when hurt
Is able to self calm down after upsetting event
Is able to transition to new a environment or activity
Is able to pay attention and is not distracted by sounds not noticed by others Is able to cope with unexpected change
Is able to accommodate unexpected touch by others
Uses simple strategies to remain calm when experiencing stress
Does not require excessive consoling when upset

Guide to Baby’s Speech & Language Development

Guide to Speech and Language Development PDF

By 3 Months

  • Maintains eye contact when spoken to
  • Cries differently for different needs, e.g.hungry vs. tired
  • Coos, goos, and smiles
  • Shows awareness of a speaker
  • Watches speaker’s mouth or eyes
  • Quiets or smiles when spoken to

By 6 Months

  • Begins babbling with p, b, and m sounds
  • Vocalizes to gain attention and express feelings
  • Uses and produces different kinds of sounds
  • Turns head to follow direction of sound
  • Listens and responds when spoken to
  • Notices toys that make sounds

By 9 Months

  • Produces 4+ sounds in babbling
  • Participates in vocal turn taking
  • Begins using hand movements to communicate wants and needs e.g. reaches to be picked up
  • Consistently responds to own name
  • Looks at familiar objects and people when named
  • Follows some routine commands paired with gestures

By 12 Months

  • Says one or two words, g. “mama”, “dada”, “bye-bye”
  • Imitates speech sounds
  • Produces jargon: strings of speech-like babbling
  • Understands up to 50 words
  • Responds to simple directions, g. “come here”
  • Joint attention: follows your gaze and points

By 15 Months

  • May use 4-6 different words
  • Imitates simple familiar words and sounds
  • Combines sounds and gestures
  • Consistently follows simple directions
  • Maintains attention to pictures
  • Can identify 1-2 body parts when named

BY 18 Months

  • Uses 20 words (mostly nouns)
  • Responds to questions
  • Continues to produce jargon
  • Points at familiar objects and people in pictures
  • Understands early direction words (in, on)
  • Responds to yes/no questions with head shake/nod

By 21 Months

  • Uses words more than gestures
  • Consistently imitates new words
  • Vocabulary of 20-50 single words
  • Understands some emotion words (happy, sad)
  • Understands some pronouns (me, you, my)
  • Identifies 3-5 body parts when named

By 24 Months

  • Uses at least 50 words
  • Beginning to use 2-word phrases
  • Uses early pronouns (me, you, my)
  • Follows 2-step directions, e.g. “pick up your coat and bring it to me”
  • Consistently understands basic nouns, verbs, pronouns
  • Understands mine and yours

By 30 Months

  • Consistently uses 2-3 word phrases
  • Produces direction words (in, on)
  • At least 50% of speech is understood by caregiver
  • Follows 2-step directions, e.g. “pick up your coat and bring it to me”
  • Consistently understands basic nouns, verbs, pronouns
  • Understands mine and yours

By 36 Months

  • Produces 4-5 word sentences
  • Uses plurals, e.g. “dogs”
  • Most speech is understood by caregiver
  • Understands opposites
  • (big/small, hot/cold)
  • Simple understanding of concepts like color, space, time
  • Recognizes how objects are used

Sensory Motor Checklist (Ages 0-6+ years)


Communication Checklist (Ages 0-36 Months)


Assure the Best Brochure (Ages 0-15 Months)

Know more about your child