Six Developmental Milestones
Stage One: Self-Regulation and Interest in the World
Showing interest in sights and sounds while achieving a calm and regulated state.
Stage Two: Engagement and Relating
Focused, pleasurable interest in people, especially caregivers; joyful smiles, the "gleam in the eye".
Stage Three: Two-Way Purposeful Communication
Back and forth interactions (opening and closing circles of communication) with exchange of facial expressions and gestures.
Stage Four: Complex Communication and Problem-Solving
Long chains of back and forth communication with increased variety of gestures to solve problems, achieve a goal, or carry on a conversation.
Stage Five: Creating and Using Symbols and Ideas
Meaningful use of words and language and interactive imaginative (pretend) play.
Stage Six: Emotional Ideas and Logical Thinking
Connecting ideas, feelings, or symbols together in a meaningful and logical way.
For more information: Six Developmental Milestones, FEDCs and Learning