Developmental milestones describe what most children are capable of doing at a particular point in time. Developmental milestones also provide a snapshot of the new skills many children will be starting to master in the upcoming months or year. Knowing what children are capable of, and what they will be practicing, can help you provide appropriate experiences to enhance your child's development.
Remember, developmental milestones only provide benchmarks. Each child develops at his or her own pace. So, in any particular child some skills may emerge early, while others may appear later.
If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult your child's physician.
|Typically Can:Strongly resist setting of limitsThink the world exists for himBegin to show a sense of humourShow preferences for toysFeed himself with a spoon, but messily|
|Emerging Skills:Pulling on his pantsTrying to undo his shoes, such as Velcro fastenersPlaying alongside another child|
|Typically Can:Point to body part(s) when askedRealize things exist when they are out of sightInitiate activitiesShow understanding of some colours and shapes|
|Emerging Skills:Grouping similiar things, such as socks, shoesUsing one object to get another one, for example, pulling a string to bring a toy closer|
|Typically Can:Understand far more words than she can speakUse "No" correctly, often with a shake of her headTry to sings songsUse 5 or more words to express needs or desires, such as "all gone"|
|Emerging Skills:Naming pictures in a bookImitating animal sounds|
|Typically Can:Be curious, and "get into things"Become more of an individualHug and kiss his parentsEnjoy being the centre of attention|
|Emerging Skills:Showing jealousy when attention is given to other family membersShowing frustration easilyDisplaying a sense of ownership over toys and people|
|Typically Can:Walk aloneWalk up and down stairs with her hand heldStep backwardsThrow a ball forwardPull a toy while walking|
|Emerging Skills:"Running" stifflySeating herself on a small chairJumping and climbing|
|Typically Can:Turn pages of a bookScribble with a big crayonFill and empty containersTurn container upside down to get an item outPut pegs into a pegboardPick up a raisin or cheerio|
|Emerging Skills:Squeezing, poking and patting playdoughCopying simple lines drawn on paper|