RSCE - Regional Services Education Center

Child Check

Developmental Steps

At Six Months:

  • Focus on objects and faces
  • Begin to reach for objects
  • Turn toward source of sounds or voices
  • Interested in people and objects
  • Roll over. Sit propped up. Control head in all positions
  • Repeat sounds over and over. Make a variety of sounds
  • Attempt to grasp objects

At One Year:

  • Wave bye-bye
  • React to tone of voice
  • Pick up and feed self cookies and crackers
  • Follow simple directions, (“stand up,” “come here”)
  • Turn to you when you call his/her name
  • Get around space either by walking along or with help
  • Use familiar words like MaMa, DaDa, BaBa (bottle)

At Two Years:

  • Follow simple directions (“put the ball on the chair”)
  • Speak in simple sentences (“more juice”)
  • Show understanding by pointing to the appropriate picture of object when asked “show me_____”
  • Feed self with spoon (may spill some)
  • Drink from a cup
  • Build tower of 4 blocks
  • Imaginative play with toys, i.e., play telephone, feed doll, push trucks
  • Walk independently


At Three Years:

  • Play alone for up to 20 minutes (build buildings, look at picture books, dress/undress/feed doll)
  • Speak in sentences of 3 and 4 words, “I want juice” not “me want juice”
  • Be understood by people outside the family even though his/her speech is not perfect
  • Carry out 2-3 directions in the correct order, i.e., “go to your room and bring me your shoes”
  • Dress self except for buttons
  • Go downstairs leading with the same foot, holding on to banister/railing

At Four Years:

  • Play group games such as hide and seek and simple board games
  • Speak in sentences of 4 and 5 words, i.e., “I want some more cookies.”
  • Tell short stories about something she/he has seen, done or heard
  • Sit and watch a half-hour children’s program
  • Run with ease
  • Manage own toileting

At Five Years:

  • Understand sharing and taking turns
  • Speak clearly and can be understood by others
  • Print a few capital letters
  • Ask questions to get information
  • Hop, skip, jump and climb with ease
  • Make needs known verbally to adults other than parent
  • Spend time looking at books
  • Choose own clothes and dress self for the day