Developmental Milestones: 12 - 24 months

Developmental Milestones: 12 - 24 months

12-18 MONTHS

Fine Motor

  • Stacks 2-4 blocks
  • Scribbles spontaneously
  • Imitates stroke on paper
  • Turns pages of a book 2-3 at a time
  • Picks up and drinks from a cup with spills

Gross Motor

  • Walks without support, rarely falling
  • Climbs over, under, up, and into things
  • Stoops or squats to pick up toys
  • Throws or rolls ball with two hands when sitting

Receptive Language

  • Understands simple one-step commands
  • Recognizes and points to body parts (hair, eyes, hands, mouth) when named

Expressive Language

  • Attempts to get objects by pointing and vocalizing
  • Uses from three to 20 single words meaningfully
  • Omits final sounds and words frequently

18-24 MONTHS

Fine Motor

  • Separates pop beads
  • Stacks 4-7 blocks
  • Threads shoelace through hole
  • Imitates vertical stroke drawn

Gross Motor

  • Rides ride-on toys without pedals
  • Walks into or steps on large ball when shown how to kick it
  • Walks up or down stairs, holding railing
  • Throws small (tennis) ball three feet with directionality (toward person or object)

Receptive Language

  • Recognizes body parts and clothing articles in large pictures
  • Understands simple yes or no questions
  • Understands differences in personal pronouns: "me;" "you"
  • Appears to listen to meaning of language, not merely words

Expressive Language

  • Replaces jargon with meaningful words
  • Imitates animal sounds and other environmental sounds in play
  • Refers to self by name
  • Uses "no" frequently

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