Is Your Child On Track?

  • 2 Months

  • Responds to loud sounds
  • Watches things as they move
  • Smiles at people
  • Brings hands to mouth
  • Holds head up when pushing up when on tummy
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  • 4 Months

  • Watches things as they move
  • Smiles at people
  • Holds head steady
  • Coo’s or make sounds
  • Brings things to mouth
  • Pushes down with legs when feet are placed on a hard surface
  • Moves one or both eyes in all directions
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  • 6 Months

  • Tries to get things that are in reach
  • Shows affection for caregivers
  • Responds to sounds around him/ her
  • Easily gets things to mouth
  • Makes vowel sounds (“ah”, “eh”, “oh”)
  • Rolls over in either direction
  • Laughs or make squealing sounds
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  • 9 Months

  • Bears weight on legs with support
  • Sits with help
  • Babbles (“mama”, “baba”, “dada”)
  • Plays games involving back-and-forth play
  • Responds to own name
  • Seems to recognize familiar people
  • Looks where you point
  • Transfers toys from one hand to the other
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  • 12 Months

  • Crawls
  • Stands when supported
  • Searches for things that he/ she sees you hide
  • Says single words like “mama” or “dada”
  • Learns gestures like waving or shaking head
  • Points to things
  • Retains skills he/ she learned
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  • 18 Months

  • Points to show things to others
  • Walks
  • Knows what familiar things are for
  • Copy’s others
  • Gains new words
  • Has at least 6 words
  • Notices when a caregiver leaves or returns
  • Retains skills he/ she learned
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  • 2 Years

  • Uses 2-word phrases (for example, “drink milk”)
  • Knows what to do with common things, like a brush, phone, fork, spoon
  • Copies actions and words
  • Follows simple instructions
  • Walks steadily
  • Able to produce /m, p, b, w, h, n, t, d/sounds
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  • 3 Years

  • Works simple toys (such as peg boards, simple puzzles, turning handle)
  • Speaks in sentences
  • Understands simple instructions
  • Plays pretend or make-believe
  • Wants to play with other children or with toys
  • Makes eye contact
  • Asks and answers “wh” questions including “what, who, where”
  • Approximately 51-70% of what he/ she says can be understood
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  • 4 Years

  • Able to jump in place
  • Able to scribble
  • Shows interest in interactive games or make-believe
  • Plays with other children and responds to people outside the family
  • Resists dressing, sleeping, and using the toilet
  • Can retell a favorite story
  • Follows 3-part commands
  • Understand “same” and “different”
  • Uses “me” and “you” correctly
  • Speaks clearly
  • Uses most sentences with 4 or more words
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  • 5 Years

  • Shows a wide range of emotions
  • Unusually engaged and active
  • Able to focus on one activity for more than 5 minutes
  • Responds to people
  • Can tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
  • Plays a variety of games and activities
  • Able to give first and last name
  • Uses plurals or past tense properly
  • Talks about daily activities or experiences
  • Able to draw pictures
  • Able to brush teeth, wash and dry hands, or get undressed without help
  • Pays attention to short stories and easily answers questions about the story
  • Speaks in complex and compound sentences
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