Normal development in children: When should I be concerned?
By Wellbeing in Mind Psychologist Dr Tania Pomario
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development.
Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. However, each child develops at his/her own particular pace and you may find that your child takes a little longer than his/her siblings or peers to develop a specific skill or is more advanced in some areas. For example, some children have excellent gross motor skills and can run and climb from an early age but may take a little longer to develop the fine motor skills required to learn to control a pencil. Your child may be able to solve complex problems easily but take a little longer to learn to regulate his/her emotions.
The developmental milestones below will give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child gets older, but don’t be alarmed if he/she takes a slightly different course. Speak to your GP or paediatrician if you have any concerns about your child’s development. It is particularly important to tell your doctor if your child suddenly seems to lose skills they previously had.
WHAT MOST CHILDREN DO BY AGE 2:
Social & Emotional
Imitates behaviours of others, especially adults and older children.
Gets excited when with other children.
Shows defiant behaviour (doing what he/she has been told not to do).
Shows more and more independence.
Plays mainly alongside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games.
Points to objects or pictures when they are named.
Knows the names of familiar people, objects and body parts.
Says sentences with 2 to 4 words.
Follows simple instructions.
Repeats words overheard in conversation.
Learning, thinking, & problem solving
Finds things even when they are hidden under a blanket.