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As they grow, children are always learning new things. Below are just some of the things you should look for as your child grows. Use this as a guide, and if you have any concerns, talk with your child’s medical provider. 

At 6 months, many children

  • respond to own name
  • respond to other people’s emotions and often seem happy
  • copy sounds
  • like to play with others, especially parents

At 1 year (12 months), many children
  • use simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye” 
  • say “mama” and “dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!”
  • copy gestures
  • respond to simple spoken requests
At 1 ½ years (18 months), many children
  • play simple pretend, such as feeding a doll 
  • point to show others something interesting
  • show a full range of emotions, such as happy, sad, angry
  • say several single words

At 2 years (24 months), many children

  • say sentences with 2 to 4 words
  • follow simple instructions
  • get excited when with other children
  • point to things or pictures when they are named
At 3 years (36 months), many children
  • show affection for friends without prompting
  • carry on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences
  • copy adults and friends
  • play make-believe with dolls, animals, and people
At 4 years (48 months), many children
  • tell stories 
  • would rather play with other children than by themselves
  • play cooperatively with others
Questions to ask your child’s doctor:
  • Is my child’s development on track for his or her age?
  • How can I track my child’s development?
  • What should I do if I’m worried about my child’s progress?
  • Where can I get more information?
Learn more by visiting, 1-800-CDC-INFO
Learn the Signs. Act Early.

* Information adapted from the Center for Disease Control.

Meet Bryson

May 21st, 2019

At the Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics, physical therapists like Kimberly, work hard to improve motor skills, balance and coordination as well as strength and endurance in children with special needs. 

For children who face physical challenges, long-term disabilities or injuries, physical therapy offers an opportunity for life-changing progress. Physical therapists are specially trained and skilled in working with children who face injuries, developmental delays, and a host of conditions that can affect a child’s ability to complete daily tasks.

Using age appropriate activities that incorporate games, swings, scooters, and other toys to increase engagement, our team is able to work with kids like Bryson to help them reach their full potential.

To learn more about our therapy programs, visit

Looking for summer learning opportunities, Siskin Children’s Institute has just what you need. Throughout the summer, staff from various programs will be offering workshops that will help families continue to learn and support their children. Workshops will focus on topic such as developing visual supports, using your voice and your story to advocate for your child, using augmentative and alternative communication devices at home, handwriting skills, improving mealtime routines and so much more! 

Siskin Children’s Institute works to provide information and resources for families and our summer workshop offerings aim to do just that. 

These workshops are open to anyone in our community. Some even offer multiple dates and times to best fit into your summer plans. A current schedule is available at 

Want to help your child strengthen their social skills over the summer break?  Siskin Children’s Institute offers social skills groups for children from 6-12 years old. Learn more.

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Communication Devices, A Workshop Series for Parents

Handwriting Readiness