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A Guide to Developmental Emotional and Social Skills Milestones

Below are both standard developmental emotional and social skills milestones and signs you can look for to determine if your child might benefit from counseling services or additional therapies. Children develop at different rates, which is why these are general milestones and the overall health and well-being of a child should always be taken into consideration.

Birth to 3 Months

Birth to 3 Months
Developmental Milestones

  • Begins to smile at people
  • Can briefly calm self
  • Tries to look at parents
Screening Signs

  • Does not smile at people

If your child is between birth to 3 months of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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4 to 6 Months

4 to 6 Months
Developmental Milestones

  • Knows familiar faces, begins recognizing strangers
  • Likes to play with others, especially parents
  • Responds to other people’s emotions
  • Often seems happy
  • Likes to look at self in mirror
Screening Signs

  • Shows no affection for caregivers
  • Doesn’t laugh or make squealing sounds
  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 4 to 6 months of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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7 to 9 Months

7 to 9 Months
Developmental Milestones

  • May be afraid of strangers
  • May be clingy with familiar adults
  • Has favorite toys
Screening Signs

  • Doesn’t seem to recognize familiar people
  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 7 to 9 months of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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10 to 12 Months

10 to 12 Months
Developmental Milestones

  • Is shy or nervous with strangers
  • Cries when mom or dad leaves
  • Has favorite things and people
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Hands you a book when they want it read
  • Repeats sounds or actions to get attention
  • Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing
  • Plays games such as peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake
Screening Signs

  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 10 to 12 months of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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13 to 18 Months

13 to 18 Months
Developmental Milestones

  • Likes to hand things to others as play
  • May have temper tantrums
  • May be afraid of strangers
  • Shows affection to familiar people
  • Plays simple pretend like feeding a doll
  • May cling to caregivers in unfamiliar situations
  • Points to show others something interesting
  • Explores alone but with parents nearby
Screening Signs

  • Does not point to show others things
  • Does not seem to care when caregiver leaves or returns
  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 13 to 18 months of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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19 to 24 Months

19 to 24 Months
Developmental Milestones

  • Copies others, especially adults and older children
  • Gets excited when with other children
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Shows defiant behavior (doing the opposite of what was told)
  • Plays mainly beside other children, but starts to include them
Screening Signs

  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 19 to 24 months of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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2 to 3 Years

2 to 3 Years
Developmental Milestones

  • Copies adults and friends
  • Shows affection towards friends without prompting
  • Takes turns in games
  • Shows concern for crying friend
  • Understands the idea of “mine” “his” “hers”
  • Shows a wide range of emotions
  • Separates easily from mom and dad
  • Shows concern for crying friend
  • May get upset with major changes in routine
  • Shows concern for crying friend
  • Dresses and undresses self
Screening Signs

  • Doesn’t play pretend or make-believe
  • Doesn’t want to play with other children or toys
  • Doesn’t make eye contact
  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 2 to 3 years of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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3 to 4 Years

3 to 4 Years
Developmental Milestones

  • Enjoys doing new things
  • Plays “mom” and “dad”
  • Is more and more creative with make-believe play
  • Would rather play with other children than by self
  • Cooperates with other children
  • Often can’t tell what’s real and what’s make believe
  • Talks about what he/she likes and is interested in
Screening Signs

  • Shows no interest in interactive games or make-believe
  • Ignores other children or doesn’t respond to people outside the family
  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 3 to 4 years of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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4 to 5 Years

4 to 5 Years
Developmental Milestones

  • Wants to please friends
  • Wants to be like friends
  • More likely to agree with rules
  • Likes to sing, dance, act
  • Shows concern for sympathy for others
  • Is aware of gender
  • Can tell what’s real and what’s make believe
  • Shows more independence, still requires adult supervision
  • Is sometimes demanding and sometimes very cooperative
Screening Signs

  • Doesn’t show a wide range of emotions
  • Shows extreme behavior (aggression, fear, shy, sad)
  • Unusually withdrawn and inactive
  • Can’t tell what’s real from what’s make believe
  • Doesn’t respond to people, or responds superficially
  • Doesn’t talk about daily activities or experiences
  • Has lost skills previously obtained

If your child is between 4 to 5 years of age, and you or your pediatrician feel that a screening would be of benefit, please feel free to contact us to schedule a screening, you may send in a brief screening form by clicking this link no confidential information is requested, view our Free Developmental Screening page to learn more about our screenings, email our office at info@thetherapytree.org, or call our office at (847) 265-7300.

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