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All of us know someone with a developmental disability.

Examples of some developmental disabilities are: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and Autism.

It is estimated that 2% of the population has some kind of developmental disability.


 Developmental Checklist, birth to age 3

 The following list shows skills which many children have attained by the ages shown.  If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the Christian County Board office, at 417-551-4901.

 3 Months:  Sucks well, Startles in reaction to loud sounds, Makes some noises other than crying, Follows a moving object with eyes and head, Quiets if picked up when crying.

6 Months:  Spontaneously smiles at others, Lies on stomach while holding head  straight up, Vocalizes in response to an adult's talk, Reaches for and grasps a nearby toy, Begins to take pureed food or cereal from a spoon.

9 Months:  Turns head towards your voice when you call, Uses the sounds "m," "b" "d," and vowels to babble, Shy with strangers, Rolls over from stomach to back and back to stomach, Sits alone steadily for at least 5 minutes, Crawls a few feet on stomach or hands and knees, Takes sips from a cup held by an adult, Bangs objects together, Pulls to stand.

12 Months:  Uses fingers to feed self small pieces of food, Repeats same syllable, like "ba ba," "ma ma," or "da da,"  PUts two differenet syllables together ("ba ga," or "na ba"), Plays games such as "Peekaboo" or "Pattycake,"  Finds hidden objects, Takes steps with hands held, Walks while holding onto furniture for support.

18 Months:  Walks alone across room with one or two falls, Takes the top off a small box, PUts several small toys into a container without prompting, Imitates sounds or actions like clapping hands or patting a doll, Uses 2 or 3 words (not counting "mama," "dada," or "bye bye"), Follows simple instructions (such as "bring me the ball" or "sit down"), Turns pages of a book, Eats wtih a spoon and drinks from a cup.

24-months:  Puts 2 or more words together (such as "more milk" or "all gone"), Stacks 6-8 small blocks, Stands up, sits down, and walks without falling, Picks up and puts away toys on request, Sucks through a straw, Removes a cap from a bottle, Separates 4 pop beads. 

30-months: Matches simple shapes, answers "what" or "where" questions, Asks basic questions, Puts on socks, coat, and shirt, Walks up steps by alternating feet, Jumps with both feet together, Sings famiilar songs with adults.

36-months:  Shows affection for playmates, Uses 4-5 word sentences, Copies adults and playmates (such as running when other children run), Climbs well, Plays make-believe with dolls, animal, and people (such as pretending to feed a teddy bear). 



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