Developmental Skills for Toddlers 18-24 Months Old 18 mo - 2 years Milestones

Developmental Skills for Toddlers 18-24 Months Old 18 mo - 2 years Milestones
Developmental Skills for Toddlers 18-24 Months Old (18 mo - 2 years)

Parents, check out this quick list of milestones for toddlers 18-24 months old from Little Lukes.  We are the leader in early childhood education and speech therapy, PT, OT and teacher services in Oswego, Syracuse and Watertown region of Central New York.  For details on free programs available to your child, look at Early Intervention information on our website under Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy tab.

Social and Emotional

qImitates actions/behavior of other children and adults
qIdentifies self in a picture of mirror
qDefiant behavior appears
qActively explores environment (climbing, walking around)
qPlays alone for short periods of time

Speech and Language

qPoints to a picture when named
qRecognizes names of familiar people, objects, and 3-5 body parts
qUses phrases of 2-4 words (e.g. “mommy go bye-bye”)
qHas a vocabulary of 100 or more words
qJargon decreases (babble which mimics the tone, pitch, and intonation of adult speech)


qListens when spoken to
qAppears to hear well
qAppears to see well
qBegins to use utensils (fork/spoon) to feed self


qFinds a hidden object under 2 or 3 layers
qBegins to sort by shape and color
qBegins to engage in pretend play (using a banana as a phone)
qPoints to 3-5 body parts when asked

Gross Motor

qWalks independently
qPulls a toy while walking
qCarries toy while walking
qBegins to run
qStands on tiptoes
qKicks ball forward
qClimbs on/off furniture
qWalks up and down stairs while holding onto railing
qStands on one foot with hand held

Fine Motor

qScribbles independently with crayon held in fist
qDumps containers
qBuilds a tower of 4 blocks
qMay show hand preference
qHelps to dress and undress

Each child develops at his/her own pace. Do not be alarmed if your child does not follow this exact sequence. If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact your doctor. 

You may request that Little Lukes coordinate the evaluation or provide Early Intervention services including speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy.   Little Lukes is a leading provider of Early Intervention pediatric therapy services in Central New York including Syracuse, Oswego and Watertown areas.   Visit for information.