Parents know their children best. If you have concerns about your child, trust your instincts and please do not hesitate to call.

The earlier concerns are identified, the more opportunity for improved growth and development. The first three years have the most dramatic effect on brain growth and development.

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Some Developmental Milestones to Look for:
By the end of 3 months:

· Begins to smile socially
· Begins to babble
· Lifts head & chest while lying on tummy
· Grasps and shakes rattle/small toy

By the end of 7 months:

· Turn head when name is called
· Smile back at another person
· Respond to sound with sounds
· Enjoy social play (peek a boo)

By the end of 12 months:

· Uses simple gestures (waving bye-bye)
· Make sounds such as “ma” and “da”
· Imitate actions in play (clap when you clap)
· Respond when told ”no”

By the end of 18 months:

· Do simple pretend play (talk on a phone)
· Point to interesting things
· Look at objects when you point and say look
· Use several single words unprompted

By the end of  2  years (24 months):

· Use 2-4 word phrases
· Follow simple instructions
· Become more interested in children
· Point to objects or pictures when named

Adapted from CDC, Learn the Signs. Act Early