Your child is 18 months, oh how the time flies! One of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent is the opportunity to see them grow through the first stages of life. That is why pediatricians use developmental milestones — the physical skills and behaviors that are seen in children as they grow and develop. UNICEF suggests that by one and a half, most children have started walking and using basic words. However, do not worry if your child does not precisely match this pattern because every child grows and develops at their own unique pace!
Want to keep track of your 18 month old’s growth and development? Right Start Children’s Services is here to help you! We are committed to aiding families through serving as an early intervention resource and support and providing education and assistance to help your child develop new skills!
Delayed Developmental Milestones to Look Out For at 18 Months
- Not pointing with their index finger to what they want
- Not pointing to interesting objects to “show you”
- Not engaging in simple pretend play for example talking on the phone and handing it to you to talk
- Not looking at an object when you point to it and tell them to “look!”
- Not looking at you while playing with toys (more interested in the toy than the play partner)
- Not spontaneously saying words to label what they want; not gaining new words
- Not imitating gestures, sounds, words, or actions
- Not walking independently
- Not pointing to body parts when you ask for example “Where is your nose?”
- Not eating foods that the rest of the family is eating
- Not following directions when you ask for example “Go get the ball” (without pointing or gesturing)
If you are concerned that your 18 month old is behind on their developmental milestones, first talk to a doctor. Then, you can complete our online referral form to see if your child qualifies for our services. The earlier you are able to identify your child’s delayed development, the easier it is to get them back on track. Right Start provides a full range of services for infants, toddlers, and children with our team of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Special Instructors. Our professional services are tailored directly to the individual needs of the child and family!
After viewing our early childhood developmental milestones chart, do not hesitate to let us know if any questions or concerns arise. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that your child reaches their full potential! Schedule an appointment today or contact us for more information.