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Toddler Developmental Milestones

Social - Emotional Development

This area of development involves learning to interact with other people, and to understand and control your own emotions. Babies start to develop relationships with the people around them right from birth, but the process of learning to communicate, share, and interact with others takes many years to develop. Developing the ability to control your emotions and behavior is also a long process. Children continue to develop their social-emotional skills well into their teenage years, or even young adulthood.

Below are some of the typical developmental milestones for social-emotional skills. After each age group, you can find some “red flags” that might indicate a concern.

Please also see Communication Skills for more information about early development because speech and language skills are so important for effective social development.

Between the ages of 1-2 years, your child will:

Red Flags for Social-Emotional Development (2 years)

If you notice some of the following things by the time your child is 18-24 months old (2 years), you may want to talk to your doctor, or to another health professional such as a mental health clinician, a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, or a psychologist.

Between the ages of 2-3 years, your child will:

Red Flags for Social-Emotional Development (3 years)

If you notice some of the following things by the time your child is 3 years old, you may want to talk to your doctor, or to another health professional such as a mental health clinician, a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, or a psychologist.

If you have concerns about your child at any age, please feel free to contact us to speak to a professional. You can also make a referral to our centre at anytime.