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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES 30-36 MONTHS

Additional Developmental Information:

Age 30 to 36 Months

Gross Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • balance on one foot for several seconds
  • hops on one foot- 2 or more hops
  • walks backwards
  • walks up and down stairs alternating feet

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Fine Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • strings large beads
  • snips paper with scissors
  • rolls clay/playdoh into "snake"
  • can draw and copy a horizontal line
  • able to complete simple puzzles

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Cognitive Development (view handouts)

  • shows or tells the use of objects; i.e., cup is for drinking, shoes are for your feet
  • shows understanding of and uses some pronouns- mine, yours, hers
  • shows understanding of number concepts- just one, some, most etc.
  • names 10 or more black and white drawn pictures
  • is answering "wh" questions- where is, what is etc.
  • understanding several prepositions- in, under, on top, behind etc.

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Language Development (view handouts)

  • begins to use more pronouns such as "you," "I."
  • speaks in two to four word phrases
  • uses question inflection to ask for something (e.g., "My ball?")
  • speech is at least 75% intelligible to unfamiliar listeners
  • begins to use plurals such as "shoes" or "socks" and regular past tense verbs such as "jumped."
  • vocabulary 100-300 by 3 years

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Social Emotional Development (view handouts)

  • if worked with, can toilet self
  • shows more understanding of discipline
  • can understand if then statements- "if you finish your food, then you can have a cookie"
  • verbally scolds others instead of using physical aggression
  • participates in group games such as Ring Around the Rosey- begins to follow basic children's games such as Candy Land
  • begins to participate with other children in associative play- the type of play where both children have the same goal in mind- both are racing cars or going shopping or cooking Mom a treat etc.

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Self-Help (view handouts)

  • dresses with some supervision
  • puts on coat un-assisted
  • walks up and down stairs using alternate feet
  • pours from a pitcher
  • unbuttons buttons
  • eats foods from a variety of food groups

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Sensory (view handouts)

  • will join another child in play
  • participates and engages with another individual in pretend play
  • tolerates a variety of environmental noises
  • points to show things to an adult or child
  • tolerates new environments and a variety of public settings

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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.