Learn the Signs

Learn the Signs — Developmental milestones are skills your child learns such as taking their first step, smiling, waving, and pointing. As children grow older, they reach milestones in how they interact with others, play, learn, speak and behave. While each child is different and develops at their own pace, there are ages in which a child typically acquires a new skill. Some of these skills can be subtle while others are more obvious. Each stage of your child’s development is a new journey in how they interact with others and their environment. Learn about developmental milestones and celebrate your child’s individual development!

You should also become aware if your child is not reaching some of those important milestones or loses previously developed skills. By having the skills and knowledge to keep track of your child’s development, you can notice earlier on if your child is having trouble in one area and seek help.

Use these free milestone checklists!

Content adapted from “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

Act Early

littleboyAct Early — Regular screening allows both professionals and families to celebrate progress and identifies useful supports for children who have a developmental delay. Developmental screenings are recommended and useful for all children because early treatment and intervention will help children reach their potential. Screenings are short tests that assess a child’s development and help identify delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening for children at 9 months, 18 months and 24 or 30 months. Usually children can be diagnosed for autism at 24 months.

Keep track of your child’s screening record, history and results! You can use the developmental screening passport from “Birth to Five, Watch me Thrive” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The U.S. Department of Education.

Content adapted from “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (
AMCHP. State Public Health Autism Research Center