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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES 18-24 MONTHS

Additional Developmental Information:

Age 18 to 24 Months

Gross Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • can run, albeit stiffly
  • walks up and down stairs if hand held
  • hurls a ball
  • can kick a ball or object
  • jumps with both feet
  • stands on one foot with hand held
  • kicks ball forward

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Fine Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • scribbles spontaneously (18 mo)
  • unwraps toy
  • can use a spoon by himself, keeping it upright
  • puts on shoes, socks, and shorts; takes off shoes and socks
  • can draw and copy a vertical line (24 mo)

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Cognitive Development (view handouts)

  • can tower 4-6 one inch blocks
  • turns pages of a book, even 2-3 at a time
  • tries to imitate what an adult draws with a crayon
  • can point to 2-3 body parts

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Language Development (view handouts)

  • by two years, has at least 20 words
  • by two years, is combining two words in a phrase
  • jargon, which was elaborate by 18 mo. is gone by 24 mo.
  • verbalizes desires with words
  • enjoys being read to
  • follows simple commands without gestures
  • points to body parts
  • understands simple verbs such as "eat," "sleep"
  • correctly pronounces most vowels and n, m, p, h, especially in the beginning of syllables and short words. Also begins to use other speech sounds
  • asks for common foods by name
  • starting to combine words such as "more milk"
  • begins to use pronouns such as "mine"

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Social Emotional Development (view handouts)

  • plays along side other children
  • temper tantrums are common, can self calm after 15 minutes
  • defends and claims ownership of possessions
  • walks up to an adult and initiates them in play
  • enjoys imitating adult house work & role play with dolls or other toys
  • separates easily from parent- may cry, but can self calm

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Self-Help (view handouts)

  • shows awareness of a wet or soiled diaper
  • places only edible items in mouth
  • shows awareness of where items belong in their environment- starting to help clean up
  • is able to remove clothes with assistance
  • uses spoon with some spilling
  • imitates housework more and more
  • handles a cup quite well

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Sensory (view handouts)

  • has a regular sleep schedule, can sleep through the night
  • is walking flat footed
  • has stopped putting non-edible objects in their mouth
  • can recover after separating from parents within 10 minutes
  • tolerates a variety of movement- swinging, car rides, being up side down etc.
  • continues to tolerate diaper and clothes changes
  • child is able to self calm within 15 minutes
  • child maintains eye contact

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.