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Milestones in children development

By 6 months

  • Watched faces with interest and follows moving objects

  • Recognises familiar objects, people; smiles at the sound of your voice

  • Begins to develop a social smile

  • Likes to play with others, especially parents

  • Turns head toward sounds

  • Responds to people's emotions

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By 1 year

  • Enjoys playing social games such as 'peek-a-boo'

  • Makes sounds or actions to get attention

  • Follows simple instructions 

  • Looks at the right picture or item when it's named

  • Uses simple gestures like shaking head for "no" and waving for "bye"

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By 18 months​​

  • Simple pretend play, like feeding a doll

  • Says several simple words 

  • May be afraid of strangers

  • Shows affection to familiar people

  • Points to get attention from others

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  • Follows instruction with 2 or 3 steps 

  • Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences

  • Dresses and undresses independently

  • Understands turn taking when playing games​

  • Copies a circle with a pencil or crayon

  • Knows own name, age, and gender

By 3 years

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When should I seek help?

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These are common milestones and early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder that a child may display during development. However, every child is unique.


Every child grows and develops at different speeds. He/she may or may not display all or some of these behaviours. 

If your child is displaying any of these behaviours, approach a healthcare professional for a developmental assessment or connect with us to clarify any concerns you may have. 

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