Physical Characteristics

Gains approximately one pound/month

Arms and hands are more developed than feet and legs


Motor Development

Reaches with one hand

Explores new objects by poking with one finger

Stacks objects

Releases objects or toys by dropping or throwing

Begins pulling self to a standing position

Begins to stand alone using furniture for support; moves around objects by side stepping

Crawls on hands and knees: crawls up and down stairs

Walks with adult support


Cognitive Development

Shows appropriate use of everyday items: pretends to drink from a cup

Shows awareness of distant objects


Speech and Language Development

Shakes head for “no” and may nod for “yes”

Babbles in sentence-like sequences


Personal-Social Development

Exhibits definite fear of strangers

Understands the meaning of “no”

Often becomes attached to favorite toy or blanket


Check with your child's pediatrician if by Twelve Months your child does NOT:

Blink when fast-moving objects approach the eyes

Begin to cut teeth

Imitate simple sounds

Follow simple verbal requests: come, bye-bye

Pull self to a standing position

Transfer objects from hand to hand

Show anxiety toward strangers

Interact playfully with parents, caregivers, and siblings

Feed self: hold own bottle or cup; pick up and eat finger foods

Creep or crawl on hands and knees

Did you answer yes to one or more of the developmental alerts?

  1. First and foremost, please contact your child's pediatrician. Your health care provider is your best resource if you have any questions or concerns.
  2. Secondly, would you like to speak with someone at Special Kids to learn more about how our services may benefit your child? Contact our Family Resources team to learn more.

*Developmental milestone survey adapted from Lynn Marotz and K. Eileen Allen's book Developmental Profiles: Pre-birth through Adolescence.