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
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"

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
By 3 years
  • 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

When should I seek help?

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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