Milestones by the End of 3 Years

Consider discussing with your child’s physician if one or more of the following are observed:
qUnable to kick ball
qUnable to walk on toes
qUnable to copy lines (up/down, side to side)
qUnable to name one color
qDoes not play for 10-15 minutes at one activity (not TV) more than 1 time per day
qDoes not understand most requests and most of what is said to him or her (1,000 words)
qDoes not use a large variety of words (more than 500)
qDoes not use phrases of 3 or more words (e.g. “I go bye-bye”, “more cookies please”)
qUnable to talk about events of the past
qUnable to ask and answer some ‘wh’ questions (‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’)
qUnable to state whole name
qUnfamiliar people do not understand at least half of what he or she says
qConsistently leaves off the beginning sound of words (e.g. “at” for cat, “oggie” for doggie)
qUnable to put on t-shirt and work on fasteners
qDoes not self feed or has trouble chewing and/or swallowing
qExperiences a dramatic loss of skills he/she once had


A child in this age range would be referred to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). For more information contact your school district’s special education office.  This information can be found by going to your school district’s web site or by calling your local ECDC.  In Central New York area, call 315-443-4444.


You may request that Little Lukes coordinate the evaluation or provide services including speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or teacher services.   Little Lukes is a leading provider of Early Intervention and Preschool pediatric therapy services in Central New York including Syracuse, Oswego and Watertown areas.  This includes SCIS preschool classrooms within Little Lukes preschool sites, and therapy services provided in the home, preschool or childcare setting. Visit www.littlelukes.com for information. 

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