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Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).

Check to see if your child is achieving these typical milestones at each age level:


Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

•Falls down a lot or has trouble with stairs
•Drools or has very unclear speech
•Can’t work simple toys (such as peg boards, simple puzzles, turning handle)
•Doesn’t speak in sentences
•Doesn’t understand simple instructions
•Doesn’t play pretend or make-believe
•Doesn’t want to play with other children or with toys
•Doesn’t make eye contact
•Loses skills he once had

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