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Movement milestones

  • Climbs well

  • Walks down stairs alone, place both feet on each step

  • Walks up stairs alternating feet with support

  • Swings leg to kick ball

  • Runs easily

  • Pedals tricycle

  • Bends over easily without falling


Hand and Finger milestones

  • Makes vertical, horizontal, circular strokes with pencil or crayon

  • Turns book pages one at a time

  • Builds a tower of more than 6 blocks

  • Holds a pencil in writing position

  • Screws and unscrews jar ids

  • Turns rotating handles


Language milestones

  • Recognizes and identifies almost all common objects and pictures

  • Understands most sentences

  • Understands physical relationships (on, in, under)

  • Says name, age, and sex

  • Uses pronouns (I, you, me, we, they)

  • Begins speaking clearly enough for strangers to understand most of words


Cognitive milestones

  • Makes mechanical toys work

  • Matches an object in hand or room to a picture in a book

  • Plays make-believe with dolls, animals and people

  • Sorts objects by color

  • Completes puzzles with 3 or 4 pieces

  • Understands concept of "two"


Social/Emotional milestones

  • Separates easily from parents

  • Expresses a wide range of emotions

  • Objects to major changes in routine

Remember, all children develop differently, and  these are general milestones meant as a guidleine.  However, if you have any concerns that your child may be dealyed in one or more of these areas,  you can click HERE to visit West Virginia Birth to Three and make a referal, or call 1-866-321-4728.

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