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From your child’s birth though the age of 3 he or she is undergoing rapid and complex development changes (as are you!). Child development is unique to each child and the age ranges for acquiring a skill can be quite large. Children develop at their own pace and in their own way, but some general guidelines can alert you to possible areas of concern.

By 12 Months

By 10-12 months your child should respond to his or her name, wave, engage in an interactive game such as “peek-a-boo,” stand, and begin to creep. He or she should also be saying 1-2 words, imitating sounds and understand “no-no”.

12-18 Months

Between 1 year and about 18 months most children undergo some difficulties separating from their primary caregiver. This may happen even when your child is separating to the other parent, a familiar caregiver, and/or grandparent that they previously enjoyed. At this time, your child will also become interested in their image in a mirror, be able to say several understandable words, begin to feed themselves, and start to creep up the stairs. You may also begin to see your child engaging in temper tantrums and purposefully doing the opposite of what you ask. If a sibling arrives in your home you will see some resentment and regressive behaviors.

By 24 Months

By the age of 2, your child will be transitioning to one 1-2 hour daily nap and be able to sleep through the night for 12 hours. He should be able to run and kick a ball, as well as stack 3-5 blocks. She should have a vocabulary of approximately 200 words, be putting 2-words together and repeating much of what they hear.

2-3 Years

Between the ages of 2-3, your child will exhibit strong negative emotions and some aggressive behaviors. She will appear rigid, prefer routines, enjoy giving orders, be possessive about toys, and have a hard time making decisions. Your child may return to having difficulties separating from you, but he should be curious about their world and play alongside other children. Walking and running are now well developed although they may still be clumsy. She will learn to jump, ride a tricycle, and use crayons. Your child is developing a sense of humor and enjoys playing “tricks” on you, but he will still have temper tantrums. She should be using short sentences and using language to communicate her wants and needs. It is not unusual for children at this age to stutter. Give them time to speak without correcting them, hurrying them, or telling them to “slow down” and the stuttering should resolve without intervention.

Any concern you have regarding your child’s development should be taken seriously. Consult a child development specialist (Pediatrician, Psychologist, Speech-Language Pathologist etc…). Early intervention can prevent greater difficulties latter in your child’s life.

Common reasons for seeking treatment

  • Behavioral problems- excessive tantrums, aggression or defiance
  • Separation anxiety
  • Developmental delays
  • Adjustment issues
  • Parenting concerns
  • Pre-school concerns

Scroll over the services below to get a detailed description of the 3-C Family Services offerings for Children:

  • Child – Individual Psychotherapy
  • Child – Medication Evaluation and Management
  • Child – Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychological assessments for children
  • Neuropsychological assessment for children
  • Educational assessment for children
  • Educational consulting and advocacy

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