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Children with special needs are different in the way they develop and act. As your newborn grows, watch for early signs that your child may need extra help.

Up to 6 Months


  • Doesn't coo or smile.
  • Doesn't react to loud noises or turn head to follow sounds and voices.
  • Has difficulty holding head up by 3 months.
  • Has difficulty following objects or people with eyes.
  • Arms or legs are stiff and posture is floppy or limp.

6 Months to 1 Year

  • Has trouble figuring out simple things like finding an object after seeing it be hidden.
  • Has problems responding when being called from across the room, even when it involves something interesting.
  • Has difficulty sitting, standing up, reaching for objects, or picking up objects, and doesn't play games like peek-a-boo.
  • Hasn't started to say simple words like “mama” or “dada” by age 1.
  • Repeats behavior that could hurt, like self-biting or banging the head.

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