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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES 12-18 MONTHS

Additional Developmental Information:

Age 12 to 18 Months

Gross Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • can get to standing position alone
  • creeps up stairs
  • can scoop and recover an object
  • by 15 months, walks well alone
  • walking, pulls a pull-toy
  • seats self on chair

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Fine Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • holds crayon with whole hand, thumb up
  • points with index finger
  • cooperates with dressing (ex. holds leg out for pants)
  • more accurate release- able to place objects into a similar-sized hole
  • uses spoon inaccurately (ie can bring spoon to mouth; often upside down)
  • builds a block tower of 2-4 cubes

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Cognitive Development (view handouts)

  • looks at pictures in a book
  • will scribble spontaneously with pencil or crayon
  • uses spoon
  • drinks from cup
  • will follow one or two directions ,i.e., take a ball to...
  • stacks 2-4 one inch blocks

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Language Development (view handouts)

  • has 10-15 words
  • will point to one body part
  • will point to at least one picture
  • uses jargon, i.e., unintelligible "foreign" language with inflection
  • imitates some words
  • follows simple directions accompanied by gestures
  • answers simple questions nonverbally
  • points to objects, pictures, and family members
  • makes animal sounds such as "moo."

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Social Emotional Development (view handouts)

  • points or vocalizes to make desires known
  • shows or offers a toy
  • may show stranger anxiety around walking stage
  • imitates grow up activities- wiping table, using a toy broom or vacuum etc.
  • enjoys playing with adults, cries for their attention

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Self-Help (view handouts)

  • beginning to take off clothes
  • finger feeding
  • helping with dressing- pushing arm or leg through clothing as appropriate
  • vocalizes or gestures to indicate wants
  • chewing most foods well
  • inhibits drooling
  • begins to use a sippy cup, straw cup or open cup

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Sensory (view handouts)

  • continues to enjoy exploring textures with hands
  • tolerates walking on a variety of surfaces- sand, wood chips, grass
  • will sit and look at a book
  • responds to name being called
  • continues to enjoy foods from a variety of food groups

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This developmental milestone check list is adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and a variety of developmental assessments. It is offered here only for educational purposes. If you suspect a child has a developmental delay or needs help to accomplish developmental milestones, we suggest a complete, multi-disciplinary evaluation by a trained team of licensed professionals. To make a referral to the Outagamie County Birth to Three Program, visit this page. Early Intervention Services are federally mandated to be offered in every city, every county, every state and at military bases overseas. To find an Early Intervention Program in your area, check your local State website.