Social Interaction and Play Milestones

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Social Interaction and Play Milestones

All children develop at different rates and so reaching milestones slower or faster than peers does not necessarily mean that there is a concern. Differences of up to 12 months are very normal. However, it can help to identify areas where a child may warrant some additional support particularly when more than 18 months off a chronological milestone.

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Development of Social Interaction

12 months

Reacts appropriately to happy or cross tones in adult voice
Shows affection to family
Will share attention through pointing and verbal sounds

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24 months

Wants to investigate and discover
Engages in verbal turn-taking

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36 months

Affectionate towards siblings
Understands sharing
Can show they are listening in a conversation

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48 months

Seeking friendship
Can state simple emotions

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5 years

Able to negotiate and manipulate through promises, threats and insults
Can be protective of younger children

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Development of Play

12 months

Repeats actions for stimulus and enjoyment

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24 months

Able to pretend to do things such as drink from a toy cup

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Happy to play next to other children

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36 months

Vivid make believe play
Connects pretend play into sequences
May involve other children

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48 months

Some co-operative play with peers

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5 years

Generally able to play games cooperatively

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You may also find the following pages useful:

Behavioural Emotional Social Development

Emotional Regulation

Rrelationship between language and behaviour

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