If you check “No” to any of the following questions, contact your Public Health Nurse at 250-850-2110. It’s never too soon to make sure your child is on track.
|Observe things without touching them?|
|Name things in pictures? *|
|Follow two-step directions? (For example, “Put on your shoes and get your coat”)|
|Know at least 50 words? *|
Use 2 words together? (For example, “my shoe”, “want cookie”, “more juice”, “mommy go”) *
|Run well now with few falls?|
|Jump with both feet leaving the ground?|
|Kick a ball when asked?|
|Walk up and down stairs holding the railing?|
|Stack a tower of blocks and line up blocks in a row?|
|Thread a shoelace through large beads?|
|Respond well to praise from others?|
|Like to copy what he sees others doing?|
|Show concern when others are upset?|
|Begin to play with or alongside other children?|
|Enjoy pretend play? (For example, feeding or caring for a doll)|
|Help clean up by placing objects where they belong?|
|Remove simple clothing (For example, socks, hat), unzip zipper and help in dressing by putting on shoes? *|
|Move easily from one activity to the next?|
* Starred items may not be common to children in all cultures. Pleasefor a discussion of what this star might mean for Aboriginal children.
Activities to Encourage Development:
- Encourage your child’s independence by allowing him to do simple things for himself.
- Provide opportunities for outdoor play and group play with other children.
- Color with crayons, read books together, do simple puzzles.
- Talk to your child in simple sentences and ask questions with “what” and “where.”
- Encourage pretend play with dolls, farms set, kitchen, etc.