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Things to expect at 18 months

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

According to the 4C's Children and Families

Social and Emotional • 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, such as feeding a doll • May cling to caregivers in new situations • Points to show others something interesting • Explores alone but with a parent close by

Language/Communication • Says several single words • Says and shakes head “no” • Points to show someone what he wants

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) • Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush, spoon • Points to get the attention of others • Shows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by pretending to feed • Points to one body part • Scribbles on his own • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sits when you say “sit down”

Movement/Physical Development • Walks alone • May walk up steps and run • Pulls toys while walking • Can help undress herself • Drinks from a cup • Eats with a spoon

Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child: • Doesn’t point to show things to others • Can’t walk • Doesn’t know what familiar things are for • Doesn’t copy others • Doesn’t gain new words • Doesn’t have at least 6 words • Doesn’t notice or mind when a caregiver leaves or returns • Loses skills he once had

If your child is missing many of these milestones then contact your doctor or In Orange County, Florida contact Early Intervention Assistant: 407-532-4534

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