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Development Milestones Ages 3-4 Years

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• Stumbles over words sometimes—usually not a sign of stuttering
• Listens attentively to short stories; likes familiar stories told without any changes in words
• Recognizes familiar words in simple books or signs (STOP sign)
• Understands the concepts of tallest, biggest, same, more, on, in, under, and above
• Counts 1-7 objects out loud
• Understands order of daily routines (breakfast before lunch, lunch before dinner, dinner before bedtime)
• Uses the toilet with some help (many boys may not be ready for toilet learning until age 3-1/2)
• Puts on shoes (but cannot tie laces)
• Dresses self with some help (buttons, snaps, zippers)
• Feeds self (with some spilling)
• Uses a spoon, fork, and dinner knife skillfully
• Needs 10-12 hours sleep each night
• Dresses self without much help
• Accepts suggestions and follows simple directions
• Sometimes shows preference for one parent (often the parent of the opposite sex)
• Enjoys helping with simple household tasks
• Can make simple choices between two things
• Takes turns and shares (most of the time); may still be bossy
• Understands and obeys simple rules (most of the time)
• Changes the rules of a game as he/she goes along
• Likes to talk and carries on elaborate conversations
• Persistently asks why; may name call, tattles freely


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