Parents often hear about what milestones their child should be hitting by a certain age. If they are missing those milestones, it could be a sign of a developmental delay. The “Early Intervention” program can be a huge help to these families who aren’t sure if their children are developing properly.
Some signs that parents should be aware of:
- At 3 months, your child should babble, follow a moving object with their eyes, hold their head erect, and grasp an object placed in their hand.
- At 6 months, your child should turn over from back to stomach, turn toward sounds, sit with little support, and reach for and hold objects.
- At 9 months, your child should say ‘Ma-ma’ or ‘Da-da,’ respond to their name, stand for a short time holding onto support, bang two objects together, and initiate sounds.
- At 12 months, your child should wave bye-bye, say a few more words besides ‘Ma-ma’ and ‘Da-da,’ and be able to feed themselves.
- At 18 months, your child should say at least six words, build a tower with at least three blocks, try to put on shoes, and drink from a cup held in both hands.
- At 2 years, your child should be able to use two-word sentences, say at least 50 words, walk up and down stairs, run, and point to objects in a book.
If you feel that your child, or someone you know, could benefit from the “Early Intervention” program, call these numbers:
- For children under 3, call 1-800-543-3098
- For children ages 3-21, call 334-242-8114
- Contact your local school system for help