Developmental Checklist


lifts head when on belly
kicks legs & waves arms
follows moving things with eyes
looks at faces
reacts to loud noises
smiles at faces
holds head up
puts hands together
grabs toy when given it
follows a light side to side
coos & makes noises
looks toward voices
sits with some help
rolls over
reaches out for toys
brings things to mouth
makes 4 different sounds: pa/ma/duh/gee
looks toward a bell
looks at people


sits well without help
stands holding on
feeds self with fingers
moves toys from hand to hand
repeats sound: i.e. dadada/bybyby
plays patty cake and peek-a-boo
fusses when parent leaves
10-12 MONTHS
pulls self up to walk
walks holding on to furniture
points with first fingers
throws a ball
says mama/dada for parent
understands simple directions: come here
plays away from parents, but checks back
12-18 MONTHS
walks well without help
crawls up stairs
drinks from a cup
scribbles with a crayon
says 10-25 words
points to what she/he wants
18-24 MONTHS
kicks a ball
picks up a toy while standing
uses a spoon
takes off shoes and socks
uses some 2 word sentences
knows 3 body parts
24-36 MONTHS
jumps up & down
runs & climbs
puts clothes on & off
feeds self with spoon & fork
speaks in simple sentences
follows 2 step directions like: take off shoes & put them away
quickly smiles
talks about feelings; me mad
36-48 MONTHS
stands on 1 foot
stacks 6 blocks
walks up stairs changing feet
pours milk from carton using both hands
enjoys pretend play with others
uses clear speech*
* At age 3-4, a child should be 75% understood; at age 4 speech should be 90% clear.
48-60 MONTHS
readily understood by most people
throws ball, catches bounced ball
points to 6 basic colors
uses 4-8 word sentences
knows own first, last name; sex; age
begins to play with other children
60-72 MONTHS
uses scissors
can carry on a conversation
recognizes own printed name
names simple geometric shapes
skips, gallops, walks backwards
asks questions for information

Talk to First Steps and your doctor if your child does not do ALL the activities within his/her age group. If your child is over the age of 3, please talk to your doctor and your school system. Please see the Transition section on this website to find your local school system’s contact information.

First Steps has four main offices:


Northwest Indiana First Steps Contact Info
Northwest Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
11045 Broadway Suite F.
Crown Point, IN 46307

Toll Free: 1-800-387-7837
Phone: 219-662-7790
Fax: 219-662-7510

Servicing the following counties: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper,Newton, Pulaski and Starke.


North East Indiana First Steps­­­ Contact Info
North East Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
700 E Beardsley Ave Ste 14A
Elkhart, IN 46514
Phone: 574-293-2813
Fax: 574-293-2300

Servicing the following counties: St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Marshall, Fulton and Kosciusko


North Central Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
201 East Rudisill Blvd. Suite 301
Fort Wayne, IN 46806

Phone: (260) 444-2994
Fax: (260) 444-4314

Servicing the following counties: Allen, Adams, Wells, Huntington, Grant, Wabash and Miami.


Mid-North Indiana First Steps Contact Info
Mid-North Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
620 Morland Drive
Lafayette, IN 47905
Phone: 765-420-1404
Fax: 765-420-1406

Servicing the following counties: Benton, White, Carroll, Clinton, Boone, Montgomery, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Warren, Howard and Cass.

First Steps services are in every city/town in Indiana. However, 4 different regional offices (known as “Clusters”) serve the different counties. If you do not live near one of above, then please call our office and we will get you the contact information for your local office.