Developmental Screenings

Are you concerned about your child’s development? Many parents wonder if their children learn and communicate normally. If you wonder if your child may have a delay in moving, talking, hearing, learning or behaving, we can help.

We partner with Holly Ridge Center to offer free screenings called Child Find. We check your child’s motor development, communication, behavior, self-help and cognitive skills.

Please call us at 360-662-1040 to learn more about Child Find screenings.

Below are some of the things most children can do by certain ages.

Birth to Three Months

  • Make cooing sounds
  • Follow an object with eyes
  • Turn toward sounds
  • Look at you and watch your face
  • Respond to loud sounds
  • Smile in response to your smile or voice
  • Lift head and chest while lying on stomach

By Three to Six Months

  • Roll over
  • Make lots of different sounds
  • Play with feet when on back
  • Play with own hands by touching them together
  • Reach for and hold things
  • Show likes and dislikes

By Six to 12 months

  • Make sounds (such as “ba-ba” or ”ga-ga”)
  • Imitate waving “bye-bye”
  • Sit without support while playing with toys
  • Feed self with fingers
  • Pull to stand and walk around furniture
  • Move around room by creeping or crawling
  • Pick up small objects (raisin size)
  • Look for object dropped from sight

By 18 months

  • Walk alone
  • Say two or three different words in addition to “mama” or “dada”
  • Point to a familiar object or toy when asked to do so
  • Hold and drink from a cup with some spilling
  • Put objects in a can or box

By Age Two

  • Walk alone forward and backward
  • Put two words together (such as “more milk”)
  • Follow simple direction (such as “hang up your coat”)
  • Walk up and down stairs with help
  • Drink from a cup without help
  • Take off shoes and socks
  • Scribble with a crayon
  • Match objects that are the same(such as two blocks, two balls)

By Age Three

  • Talk in two to three-word sentences that are generally understood by others
  • Answer simple questions
  • Throw a ball
  • Copy a circle
  • Run, rarely falling
  • Wash and dry hands
  • Sort by shape
  • Build a 10 block tower
  • Eat with a fork
  • Kick a ball

By Age Four

  • Pedal a tricycle or big wheel
  • Give first and last name
  • Cut on a line with scissors
  • Copy a cross
  • Throw a ball at a target
  • Put together a seven-piece puzzle
  • Play successfully with other children
  • Talk in three-, four- and five-word sentences that others can generally understand

By Age Five

  • Talk in five- or six-word sentences
  • Follow three-step directions
  • Walk on a curb
  • Hop on one foot
  • Catch a large ball with hands
  • Draw a person with four to six parts
  • Copy a square
  • Cut out simple shapes with scissors
  • Share and take turns
  • Like pretend play
  • Point to six colors accurately
  • Match things that go together (such as shoe, sock, foot)
  • Understand what “yesterday,” “today” and “tomorrow” mean