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Important Links


Evaluation Links: 

Suffolk County Children with Special Needs

The Early Intervention Program

Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21: A Parent’s Guide

Spanish version:  Educación Especial en el Estado de Nueva York para niños de 3 a 21 Años: Guía para los padres

Explains what preschool special education is, and how to get evaluated, process etc. 


Childhood Milestone Links:

Early Childhood Milestone Map: For Parents of Children 0-5 years of age

Milestone Moments: (English)

Milestone Moments: (Spanish)

Track your Child’s Developmental Milestones: (English)

Track your Child’s Developmental Milestones: (Spanish)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn the Signs. Act Early-


Milestone Checklist- From 0-3 years of age

Here’s what you can expect your child to be doing from birth to age three.  If you have concerns about your baby’s development, call your local Early Intervention Program.

At 3 months of age, most babies:
-Turn their heads towards bright colors and lights
-Move both eyes in the same direction together
-Recognize bottle or breast
-Respond to their mother’s voice
-Make cooing sounds
-Bring their hands together
-Wiggle and kick with arms and legs
-Lift head when on stomach
-Become quiet in response to sound, especially to speech

At 6 months of age, most babies:
-Follow moving objects with their eyes
-Turn toward the source of normal sound
-Reach for objects and pick them up
-Switch toys from one hand to the other
-Play with their toes
-Help hold the bottle for feeding
-Recognize family faces
-Imitate speech sounds
-Respond to soft sounds, especially talking
-Roll over

At 12 months of age, most babies:
-Get to a sitting position
-Pull to a standing position
-Stand briefly without support
-Imitate adults using a cup or telephone
-Play peek-a-boo and patty cake
-Wave bye-bye
-Put objects in a container
-Say at least one word
-Make “ma-ma” or “da-da” sounds

At 18 months of age, most children:
-Like to push and pull objects
-Say at least six words
-Follow simple directions (“Bring the ball”)
-Pull off shoes, socks and mittens
-Can point to a picture that you name in a book
-Feed themselves
-Make marks on paper with crayons
-Walk without help
-Walk backwards
-Point, make sounds, or try to use words to ask for things
-Say “no,” shake their head, or push away things they don’t want

At 2 years of age, most children:
-Use two-to-three word sentences
-Say about 50 words
-Recognize familiar pictures
-Kick a ball forward
-Feed themselves with a spoon
-Demand a lot of your attention
-Turn two or three pages together
-Like to imitate their parent
-Identify hair, eyes, ears, and nose by pointing
-Show affection

At 3 years of age, most children:
-Throw a ball overhead
-Ride a tricycle
-Put on their shoes
-Open the door
-Turn one page at a time
-Play with other children for a few minutes
-Repeat common rhymes
-Use three-to-five word sentences
-Name at least one color correctly


If your child is having trouble doing some of these things, it may put your mind at ease to talk to someone.

checklist milestones
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