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Your Child at 36 Months

How your child socializes, plays, learns, and communicates provide important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are age-specific tasks and behaviors.
Use this Developmental Checklist to track your child’s progress.
Contact Honu Intervention with any questions or concerns about your developing child. You can also download this checklist here.


Climbs well

Walks up and down stairs without assistance

Swings leg to kick a ball

Runs well

Picks up objects without falling

Throws a ball with direction


Helps with brushing teeth

Puts shoes on without ties

Puts trash in the trash bin

Washes body with help

Washes and dries hand with help for




Follows two and three-step instructions

Has a name for most familiar things

Understands positional words such as “on,” “out,” and “under”

Says name, age, and sex when asked

Uses pronouns such as “I,” “you,” “me,” and “we”

Understands relationships (ex. Mommy’s baby)

Understands most things said

Has conversations using at least 2 sentences

Understands the concepts “same” and “different”


Plays make-believe

Copies markings on paper (ex. Horizontal and vertical lines, circles)

Builds a tower of 8 blocks

Names some colors

Recalls parts of a story

  • Cannot jump in place

  • Cannot build a tower of 5 cubes

  • Shows no interest in others (ignores)

  • Doesn’t engage in make-believe play

  • Resists in routine activities (e. dressing, potty training, sleeping, brushing teeth)

  • Doesn’t use more than three-word sentences

  • Doesn’t make eye contact

  • Drools or speech is unclear

  • Can’t play with toys without banging, dropping, or fidgeting

Concerned about "red-flag" behaviors? Take this Developmental Red-Flags Questionnaire and receive professional feedback.


Copies adults and other children

Takes turns without reminders

Shows sympathy for others

Separates from caregivers easily

Dresses and undresses self



Bypass the pediatrician's referral and self-refer your child for a developmental assessment by contacting your Regional Center
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