Ages & Stages

Every child learns and develops differently, and at varying speeds. While some infants progress faster and earlier than others, most children level out over time; however, if you see signs that indicate your child's progress may be delayed, the earlier you seek help, the better. Below is a general guideline for reviewing your child's developmental growth:

Birth to 1 year old

From Birth to 3 Months

 Able to suck and swallow
 Sleeps most of the day and night
 Begins to smile
 Startles easily in response to loud noise
 May turn towards familiar sounds and voices
 Recognizes bottle or breast
 Turns head from side to side when lying on tummy
 Begins to notice hands

From 3 to 6 months

 Rolls from stomach to back
 Sits with some support
 Starts to laugh and coo
 Looks at adult faces
 Grasps toys and brings objects to their mouths
 Turns head toward bright light and color
 Enjoys looking at reflection in mirror
 Plays "peek-a-boo"
 Responds to sounds around them
 Makes or uses different cries to indicate needs
 Repeats the same sounds or babbles

From 6 to 9 months

 Creeps or crawls forward on tummy
 Responds to their name and "no"
 Notices and looks for source of new sounds
 Sits independently
 Plays with their toes
 Recognizes familiar faces
 Tries to hold their bottle while feeding
 Expresses anger, sadness, happiness and frustration
 Tries to attract attention

From 9 to 12 months

 Pulls to stand
 Crawls or creeps on hands and knees
 Responds to requests such as "Come to mommy"
 Responds to "No"
 Tries to imitate sounds
 Stacks two blocks
 Walks with both hands held
 Waves "bye-bye"
 Says "mama" or "dada"


1-3 years old

From 12 to 15 months

 Says about eight to ten words
 Drinks from glass or cup with help
 Attends to one activity for a few minutes
 Investigates surroundings

From 15 to 18 months

 Learns to feed self with spoon
 Plays appropriately with toys
 Points to familiar objects
 Uses words with gestures
 Imitates simple scribbles

From 18 to 24 months

 Eats table food
 Uses familiar phrases
 Carries objects when walking
 Shows affection
 Says "No" often
 Comprehends simple directions
 Utilizes 15 to 100 words or signs
 Puts 2 to 3 puzzle pieces together
 Learns shapes: circle, square, triangle, etc.
 Listens to stories

From 24 to 30 months

 Runs, walks up stairs
 Eats without assistance
 Enjoys playing with other children
 Uses 2- and sometimes 3-word sentences
 Is very sensitive to criticism
 Tries to be independent: "Me do"
 Is aware of opposites: "Up & Down"
 Enjoys being read to

From 30 to 36 months

 Jumps in place
 Is curious: asks "Why" and "What" questions
 Shows interest in toilet training
 Becomes easily frustrated
 Identifies eyes, ears and nose by pointing
 Washes and dries hands

Ages and Stages section referenced from: Communication Disorders Clinical Practice Guideline, Chapter III – Assessment Methods and from
an article written by Kimberly A. Powell Ph.D. on "Speech and Language: Causes, Milestones and Suggestions" which is located at