As a new parent, tackling milestones and learning about your new baby is an exciting time, but can also come with a world of worry and uncertainty. If you have a young child and suspect they may have autism, our team offers early intervention programs designed to help you and your child navigate the world and maximize their potential! Throughout early developmental stages, potential signs of autism may manifest, and an early diagnosis can help set you and your child up for success! At ACES, our team offers supportive services, therapies, and programs!
Adaptive and Cognitive Milestones
Adaptive and cognitive skills relate to how your baby is adapting to the world around them and these milestones mark beginning stages of cognitive development.
- Anticipates feedings, shows interest or excitement when seeing breast or bottle nipple
- Lets you know if he or she is happy or sad
- Responds to affection
- Reaches for toy with one hand
- Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it
- Follows moving things with eyes from side to side
- Watches faces closely
- Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance
Language, Communication, Social and Emotional Milestones
These are indicators of growing skills that help your baby get care, attention, or items they want. These milestones also indicate your baby’s ability to interact with others.
- Begins to babble
- Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears
- Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired
- Smiles spontaneously, especially at people
- Likes to play with people and might cry when playing stops
- Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning
Babies gaining control over their body in meaningful or productive ways is exciting to see! These milestones can mark that growth and indicate development in these areas.
- Holds head steady, unsupported
- Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface
- May be able troll over from tummy to back
- Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys
- Brings hands to mouth
- When lying on stomach, pushes up to elbows
If your child is visibly experiencing issues with milestones for their age group, you may be wondering about what to do.The ACES team is here to help by offering assessments, programs, and therapies to help you and your child grow and achieve their greatest potential!