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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES 6-12 MONTHS

Additional Developmental Information:

Age 6 to 12 Months

Gross Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • gets feet to mouth (6 mo)
  • sits alone, unsupported, for extended period (over 1 min,) (6 mo)
  • stands while adult holds onto the child's hands
  • on back, can lift head up
  • beginning attempts to crawl or creep (9 mo)
  • plays with toys while sitting (9 mo)
  • secures a small object with fingers using a raking motion
  • crawls well (9 mo)
  • can sit steadily for more than 10 minutes (9 mo)
  • stands holding on to furniture (9-12 mo)
  • can pull to standing position (9-12 mo)
  • walks holding on to a hand or to furniture (12 mo)

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Fine Motor Skills (view handouts)

  • can transfer objects from one hand to the other
  • can pick up cube/medium sized object easily
  • develops accurate forward and side reach
  • "rakes" or "scoops" small objects to pick them up (i.e. using fingers/palm/whole hand to scoop up Cheerios, raisins etc.)
  • intentionally able to drop/release objects (get ready for the "watch-me-drop-this-watch-mommy/daddy-pick-it-up-AGAIN" game!)
  • able to pick up small objects using thumb and finger/fingers
  • able to take objects (food, toys) out of containers
  • uses both hands together (ex. bangs toys)
  • pokes with index finger

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Cognitive Development (view handouts)

  • bangs toys in play
  • transfers objects from hand to hand
  • reaches for a toy with one hand
  • picks up a toy he/she drops
  • is persistent in obtaining toys
  • would pull a toy to self by attached string
  • will uncover a toy he/she sees covered up
  • can grasp object small as raisin with thumb and on finger
  • beginning to put things in and out of containers
  • goes for an object with index finger outstretched
  • likes to drop objects deliberately
  • shows interest in pictures

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Language Development (view handouts)

  • responds to name
  • vocalizes to social stimulus
  • has single consonants, i.e., ba., ka, ma
  • combines syllables, i.e da-da, ba-ba
  • likes to make sounds with toys
  • imitates simple sounds
  • understands no, or inflection of "no!"
  • uses mama, or dada first inappropriately, then with meaning
  • by 12 months has at least one word other than mama and dada
  • knows meaning of 1-3 words
  • tries to communicate by actions or gestures
  • tries to repeat your sounds

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Social Emotional Development (view handouts)

  • discriminates strangers
  • smiles to mirror image
  • beginning to enjoy peekaboo
  • bites and chews toys
  • cooperates in games- plays patacake and peekaboo
  • waves good-bye
  • will offer toy without releasing it
  • will try to roll ball to another person
  • likes to interact in play with adult

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Self-Help (view handouts)

  • begins to take food from a spoon
  • holds a cup
  • holding and biting a easily dissolvable cracker
  • takes purees from a spoon (6-9 mo)
  • tolerates foods with more texture (9-12 mo)
  • tolerates foods with various flavors (9-12 mo)

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Sensory (view handouts)

  • begins to show interest in a variety of fruit and vegetable purees
  • mouths objects
  • tolerates a variety of textured toys in hands
  • tolerates foods around mouth and on hands

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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.