Child Development & Milestones

The first three years of a child's life are an amazing time of development and what happens during those years stays with a child for a lifetime. That's why it's so important to watch for signs of delays in development and to get help if there is a suspicion of problems.

Recognizing early warning signs for childhood problems can improve a child's chances for a joyful and independent future. As a child develops, their skills expand each month.  Doctors often refer to these skills as "developmental milestones."

Developmental Quick Check

By 4 months:

  • Makes sounds other than crying
  • Pays attention to faces and turns towards your voice
  • Smiles in response to others

By 6 months:

  • Rolls over by themselves
  • Sits by themselves
  • Babbles

By 9 months:

  • Waves “bye-bye”
  • Crawls on hands and knees
  • Plays pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo

By 12 months:

  • Pulling themselves up to stand
  • Imitates simple sounds
  • Picks up small objects

By 15 months:

  • Takes steps on their own
  • Says one or two words (besides Mama or Dada)
  • Takes turns

By 18 months:

  • Turns book pages and looks at pictures
  • Says more simple words and imitates words and sounds
  • Shows what they want by pointing or gesturing

By 24 months:

  • Uses “no”
  • Knows many words and puts two words together
  • Understands simple direction
  • Knows body parts

By 36 months:

  • Can run and kick a ball
  • Can say three+ word sentences
  • Enjoys playing with other children
  • Can solve simple problems

If your child is not demonstrating these skills, please call to schedule an assessment and CHOOSE ACHIEVA!

Early Intervention Referral Contacts for Services

Allegheny County:
Call The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers at (412) 885-6000 and request an evaluation.

If your child is found to be eligible for early intervention services, choose ACHIEVA.

Washington County:
Call Washington County Human Services at (724) 229-2620 and request an evaluation.

If your child is found to be eligible for early intervention services, choose ACHIEVA.

Westmoreland County:
Call Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. (WCSI) at (724) 837-1808 and request an evaluation.