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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES 24-30 MONTHS

Additional Developmental Information:

Age 24 to 30 Months

Gross Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • can walk up stairs without hand held
  • can jump in place
  • can jump from the bottom step
  • can throw ball
  • can walk approximately on a line

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Fine Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • completes simple 3 to 4 piece puzzles
  • turns pages of a board book one at a time
  • holds crayon with thumb and all fingers, forearm turned so thumb is pointing down
  • imitates simple 3 to 4 block structure built

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Cognitive Development (view handouts)

  • can build a tower of 8 one-inch blocks- with a smooth grasp and release
  • can dump a raisin from a bottle to attain without hints
  • can imitate a vertical line and a horizontal line, with pen or pencil
  • can anticipate the need to urinate or defecate
  • points to a variety of body parts
  • completes simple puzzles
  • identifies size differences

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Language Development (view handouts)

  • says at least 50 words at 24 months
  • understands some spatial concepts such as "in," "on."
  • shows understanding of pronouns such as "you," "me," "her."
  • understands descriptive words such as "big," "happy."
  • speech is becoming more accurate but may still leave off ending sounds. Parents should understand at least 75% of the child's language

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Social Emotional Development (view handouts)

  • participates in parallel play with peers
  • begins to enjoy "playing house" puts doll to bed, pretends to shop for food etc.
  • engages well with adults and acknowledges other children walking up to them and may play next to them
  • temper tantrums and independence may grow stronger
  • is able to calm after a tantrum

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Self-Help (view handouts)

  • dresses with some supervision
  • verbalizes toileting needs
  • self feeding, using utensils with little spilling
  • able to use an open cup
  • washing and drying hands

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Sensory (view handouts)

  • is not seeking out deep pressure- running into the couch, parents legs, desiring to continually crawl under cushions or seeking out small spaces
  • seeks out people to show them new things, points, brings familiar adults other than parents to show them things
  • tolerates change in daily routine including walking routes, driving routes, various grocery store entrances etc.
  • will sit and attend to an activity for 10 minutes
  • Tolerates an adult changing their play; for example will allow an adult to adjust lined up toys
  • tolerates clothing on body, socks and shoes on feet
  • eating 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.