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Milestones of Development

Milestones of Development 8 Months

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Area of Development Skill Level Play Activity
Hands Inferior pincer grasp Have baby lift small blocks
Hands Persists in reaching for toys Place toys at various levels around baby
Hands Picks up 2nd object – prolonged holding Point out details on toys to prolong baby’s hold
Hands Uses forearm for support, palms down Imitate baby’s hand movements
Hands Uses forearm to lift objects up high Have child lift foam toy up in imitation, drop on
Hands Uses forearm to lift objects up high Hold upper arm steady when baby lifts
Hands Uses inferior pincer grasp Give baby scarf or cloth to “pinch”
Hands Uses inferior pincer grasp Have baby grab toys on end of string
Hands Uses inferior pincer grasp Have baby remove large pegs from board
Hands Uses prolonged holding Say “thank you” to encourage release
Body Equilibrium reactions in prone and supine Offer toys on floor – baby on stomach
Body Landau still very strong Play “parachute”
Body Parachute reflex strong Play “angels in the snow”; rolling
Body Tonic neck reflexes gone Teach baby to wave bye-bye
Locomotion Creeps backwards Gently bump child from behind with pillow, punch
Locomotion Creeps backwards With child on all fours call from behind
Locomotion Creeps backwards on abdomen Chase baby while crawling on floor
Locomotion Cruises along furniture – uneven gait, side-stepping Provide stable low “furniture” for cruising
Locomotion Prone to sitting Play “Ten Little Indians”
Locomotion Pulls self to standing Place toys on low sturdy table to encourage pulling
Locomotion Rocks and creeps in all directions, covers large area Bounce and rock with baby on all fours
Locomotion Rocks and creeps in all directions, covers large area Provide secure, large area to creep in, enticing
Locomotion Stands holding furniture Place low furniture in baby’s play room
Locomotion Stands with hand held shoulder high Offer toys while standing against wall
Locomotion Stands, hand held shoulder high Offer hand when supported at furniture; offer ?
Posture Leans forward, not sideways, when sitting Play “Pat-a-Cake”; “So Big”
Posture Recovers balance when sitting Play roll and turn with ball
Sitting Changes position without losing balance Place toys all around baby
Sitting Changes position without losing balance Play “Humpty Dumpty”
Sitting Goes from prone to sitting Exercise legs with games (“Row, Row”, Bicycle)
Sitting Goes from prone to sitting Place auditory toy just out of sight in prone ?
Sitting Goes from prone to sitting With baby on hands and knees, move right knee and ?
Sitting Leans forward Offer toys in front to encourage leaning forward
Sitting Leans forward Play “Row, Row”
Sitting Protective extension of arms, forward not sideways Roll baby forward over rolled towel, pillow, ?
Receptive Eyes and ears alert to all stimuli in immediate ?  
Speech Coughs, clicks tongue Have baby imitate your sounds
Speech Coughs, clicks tongue Smile and laugh to let him know this is fun
Speech Coughs, clicks tongue Use clicking toy; repeat sound with vocalizations
Speech Enjoys imitating sound sequences Say “nonsense” sounds
Speech Makes vocalizations; makes them to self Use audio tape
Speech Pays attention to speech of family Say “This is how Daddy talks”
Speech Says single consonant syllables Face to face talking
Speech Says single consonant syllables Repeat chain of syllables e.g. ma-ma, da-da, ba-ba
Speech Vocalizes emotional satisfaction/dissatisfaction Say “You feel sad, mad, etc)
Tactile Vocalizes syllables: da, da, da Repeat what baby says
Visual Bites and chews toys Offer many different textured toys to explore ?
Visual Turns objects about in hand to explore visually Give baby reversible objects
Visual Beginning depth perception Make holes in cornmeal box and let baby explore
Visual Beginning depth perception Offer various forms of container play
Feeding Uses eyes together in convergent pattern Use books and pictures; point out details
Social Begins to hold spoon, cup Give baby cup and spoon together to bang
Social Attachment to primary caregiver Say “You’re a good baby”
Social Beginning of capacity to relate emotionally Greet baby when you walk into room, wave, talk, ?
Social Beginning of capacity to relate emotionally Smile and sing while rocking baby
Social Begins to display emotional distress of being left Leave baby with smile saying you’ll be back soon
Social Demands attention; gets mad if denied Say “You’re a good baby”
Social Gives affection – hugs, kisses Encourage him to react back
Social Gives affection – hugs, kisses Hug and kiss baby in front of mirror to let him see himself
Social Gives affection – hugs, kisses Hug and kiss baby often telling you love him
Social Gives affection – hugs, kisses Kiss and ask for one back putting child’s lips on your cheek
Social Imitates facial expressions, actions Smile, laugh, and clap at something baby did; ask him ?
Social May show anxiety when sees a stranger’s face Say “That person is (name him)”
Social People becoming more than objects Hold out arms to reach for baby and have him react
Social Pleasure seeking activity Have baby roll ball off edge and you react “whoops”
Social Pleasure seeking activity Roll a ball off edge exclaiming “whoops”; repeat
Social Shows anxiety in face Observe baby’s face in unsettling situations
     
     
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