Self-help skills are involved in every Domain of Development. As your kids learn these skills they also develop independence, which helps them thrive in their world as they continue to grow!

Birth-6 Months
  • Communicates hunger, fear, and discomfort by crying
  • Learns to recognize voices and faces of care givers
  • Tracks objects with their eyes
6-12 Months
  • Feeds self a snack, like cereal Os, cubed fruit, and small veggies
  • Plays alone for 10 minutes
  • Holds a spoon or a toothbrush and imitates parents/siblings
12-18 Months
  • Likes being offered a choice, such as snacks or clothing items
  • Knows where their shoes go and tries to put them on
  • Explores how to brush their hair
18-24 Months
  • Puts trash in the waste bin
  • Knows where familiar items are kept
  • Washes their hands
2-3 Years
  • Opens a door by turning the handle
  • Uses some snaps, zippers, and large buttons
  • Expresses a wide range of emotions

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