By: Elizabeth Huffstutter, Psy.D.
Parents may first notice their child is delayed in communication or language skills. However, it may be more difficult to detect social-emotional milestones, which begin as early as 2 months of age.
Take a look at this list of milestones created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
2 months- Begins to smile at others and tries to look at parent.
4 months- Smiles spontaneously and likes to play with people and may cry when playing stops.
6 months- Knows familiar faces and begins to distinguish strangers and responds to other peoples emotions.
9 months- Afraid of strangers and has favorite toys.
1 year- Cries when mom or dad leave and enjoys simple interactive games such as peek-a-boo and patty cake.
18 months- Temper tantrums begin and simple pretend play emerges (i.e. feeding a doll).
2 years- Excited to be around other children, and parallel play with the beginning of including other children in their play (i.e. chase).
3 years- Takes turns in games and separates easily from parent
4 years- More creative with make-believe play and talks about likes and interests with others
5 years- Likes to sing, dance and act and can distinguish between real and make-believe
If you have concerns about your child’s overall development including social-emotional skills, discuss them with your child’s physician. Consider seeking a referral for a comprehensive developmental assessment.
For a full list of social-emotional milestones as well as other developmental milestones go to www.cdc.gov