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I am piggybacking onto another thread someone posted about what 3 month olds are able to do. I know all children vary in their development quite a bit, but as the person who started the other thread, my dc (dfs) may have some delays (in my dc's case because his birth parents are developmentally delayed) and I am keeping my eyes peeled.<br><br>
Actually, he is in the middle of a huge developmental evaluation, but I am still curious in general about what other 6 month olds are doing.<br><br>
It's been a while since I've had a 6 month old around, so it is hard for me to remember what they do at this age. My dfs turned six months on Thursday.<br><br>
So far he <b>can</b>:
<ul><li>Roll back to front and front to back (although he seems like he has "forgotten"/lost track of the latter since learning the former).</li>
<li>Push his head and chest high off the ground while on his stomach. Turn his head from side to side, etc.</li>
<li>Lift his butt up in the air when he is on his stomach like he wants to crawl (but then plants his face flat on the floor).</li>
<li>Kick enough while on his stomach to inch just a little bit nearer to a toy.</li>
<li>Orient his body in the directon of a toy while on his stomach.</li>
<li>Reach to, grab, and hold toys, although it is still a pretty primative grab (the developmental specialist said something about it being "low quality")</li>
<li>Hold one toy in one hand and a second one in the other, if he really wants to.</li>
<li>Smile and laugh.</li>
<li>Smile at himself in the mirror.</li>
<li>Sit for very brief periods (like 4-15 seconds) unassisted, sometimes but not reliably (a lot of the time he touches his nose to his toes...doesn't fall over...but can't stay upright either). Hold himself steady during assisted sitting.</li>
<li>Communicate his needs with different cries and voice modulation, although he prefers to scream (anybody else have a baby who does this...they are happy screams as well as frustrated and upset screams...he just loves to screech?!).</li>
<li>Respond when we say his name (although sometimes we wonder if he really knows his name or if he is just looking at us because we are talking toward him). He may also know the name of one of our dogs, although it is still difficult to tell for sure with that as well.</li>
<li>Visually recognize his bottle.</li>
<li>Reach out at us when he wants us to play a game with him, like when he wants us to pretend to eat his hand</li>
<li>Support most of his weight with his legs if we put him in a standing position.</li>
<li>Track a moving person or object to some extent, if he is interested, though he won't track a falling toy all the way to the ground if he is-- for example-- sitting on my lap while I sit in a chair.</li>
<li>Inititiate and maintain periods of eye contact, albeit usually only about 10 seconds max.</li>
<li>Put toys in his mouth and take them out. Take out his pacifier (and sometimes put it back, but often he can't get the nipple aimed the right way to get it back in).</li>
<li>Pass objects from one hand to the other (I *think*).</li>
<li>Make "aaahh" sounds. He also makes some "ooooh" sounds and then randomly makes some consonant sounds such as h and y sounds, but it is infrequently enough that it really doesn't sound purposeful or like a regular part of his speach. (He does have fluid behind his eardrum and may have some hearing issues, though, so it makes sense that he could be delayed a little in this area without there necessarily being other cognitive delays).</li>
So far the things he <b>can't</b> do include:
<ul><li>Get onto his knees or push his butt up at the same time he pushes his head and chest up.</li>
<li>Pull himself up into a sitting position, although he does sometimes seem like he is trying using one of his larger toys.</li>
<li>Notice (let alone get interested in, reach for, or pick up) very small objects, such as a pea placed on the table in front of him.</li>
<li>Aim, reach for, and grab, a particular part of a particular toy (his grabing is more like open handed sweeping until he gets what he wants). If he gets a part of a toy he doesn't want, he usually just starts over with the process.</li>
<li>Babble with much more than the "aaaah" sounds. His speech does have some of the inflection of conversation, but he also doesn't engage in exchanges of vocalizations. For instance, he talks over us when we are talking to him and doesn't pause like we are having a conversation. He will start talking while we are saying something to him. He sometimes ignores when we are talking to him-- he never responds by mimicking our sounds, although he does respond with his own unique sounds.</li>
<li>Mimick our gestures or facial expressions. He never really got that thing where the parent sticks out their tongue followed by the baby who tries to do it too, even when he was at that age where people insisted he would.</li>
<li>Reliably hold larger objects with both hands.</li>
<li>Try to rake a third object toward himself when he is already holding a toy in both hands.</li>
<li>Reliably pick up objects off the table (he tries, but a lot of time he ends up pushing the toy off the table instead)</li>
<li>Purposefully slide an object across a surface.</li>
<li>Use some yarn attached to an object to pull the object toward himself. Actually, he can do it. It just isn't on purpose, even if he is really interested in the object. He'll get frustrated and start crying without realizing that the yarn can be used to pull the object to himself, even if he is playing with the yarn.</li>
<li>Consistently notice toys lying next to him when he is on his back.</li>
He's also not the type of baby to try to do things for himself, especially if someone is there to do it for him. For instance, if he is on his back and there are some toys next to him and he notices and wants them, he will just fuss for them rather than turning over to get them. If I am attending to something, like a pot full of burning food, and can't come over right away to hand it to him, he will fuss for three or four minutes (and sometimes even start actually crying) before making an effort to get the toys himself. I think right now he is mad that we can't just magically make him crawl too. He fusses a lot about not being able to get something he wants, even if he really could get it himself.

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I have been curious too about my dd. When my first was small, I had those developmental lists memorized. Now, I pretend to trust her to do what she's going to do and just look for bright red flags <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> . I have been worried lately because she is so small and regressed verbally last month.<br><br>
She is nearly six months and has started back with her babbling which is much more wet now. I think given the variety and purpose of speech now that she must be back on track. And yes, mine screams - as a newborn, if something wasn't right, she'd send out a yelp. nice and quick. no crying. Now she screams if something is frustrating her like a non-compliant toy, screaches to remind herself that she can, yells to get attention, and shouts to entertain herself. But, now she also crys when she is sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . It's hard with all that loudness to meet her needs without reinforcing the loud noise.<br><br>
While she was regressing verbally, she began to pull herself up on furniture. She crawls quite well but sometimes has trouble deciding to use her hands and knees or her hands and feet. She can almost get herself in a sitting position by herself but I have not timed how long she stays sitting (but it is usually until she falls over backward - she can right herself if she's listing to the side). She lets go of the furniture and starts to step out but has not figured how high she needs to lift her feet. (she really doesn't lift at all) I don't like this. My ds took his first steps at 7 mos. But he ran. He basically used inertia to his advantage (or disadvantage?). He would try to get from one place to the next by what looked like throwing himself. He finally had control and walked by 9 mos. I am afraid dd might try before she's ready. Her cousin was smarter - she waited until she was ready and when she took her first steps (14mos?), she stepped out and was nearly ready to start dancing.<br><br>
As far as toys, she plays with one at a time. She knows where the dropped ones are and can find and retrieve toys placed under a thin blanket (so the outline is there). But she doesn't try to hold more than one. She is also trying (unsuccessfully, thank goodness) to use her pincer grasp to clean my floor.<br><br>
She ate her toes twice a while ago but hasn't returned to that yet ( I told my MIL - see, she's not ready for solids yet :LOL ) She is initiating a new game where she makes a aaahhh sound and taps her mouth with the back of her hand to change the sound. (This actually stems from a way I used to redirect her loudness). She also likes peek a boo and sooo big. I don't think she passes toys from one hand to the next.<br><br>
She has begun to give those open mouth, drool filled kisses and likes to take a toy with her into the sling ( I guess I'm not as entertaining as I once was).<br><br>
No teeth. Not much hair. Very sharp nails. And is venturing away from mommy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">

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My DS at that age LOVED peek a boo, still does. he also didn't crawl. he would scoot with his face on the floor. that eventually turned into an army crawl, then a full on crawl. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">

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Thanks for the feedback. We now have some scores from the developmental assessment. On motor development, dfs scored a 97. The range of "normal" is from 84 (or something like that...I don't remember the exact number) to 120. The mean, or average, is 100. So he was just below the mean, but within the normal range.<br><br>
Not all of the cognitive assessment has been scored.<br><br>
His overall developmental assessment score so far (two sections have to be scored still) is an 84 (if I remember correctly). This is just a hair under a -1 deviation from the norm (like maybe a -1.2 or something). In other words, if you imagine a bell curve, the peak of the curve marks the place where the majority of kids fall. I think the peak is a score of 102. Just before that peak, on the left hand side, is a -1. That's where dfs is. The middle part of the lower end. He would qualify for early intervention services if he scored a 78 or lower, or a -1.5 (if I remember correctly), as this would make him 25% delayed.<br><br>
The developmental specialist said that the results can also be influenced by how tired he was at a particular part of testing, etc. She also said that a score at 6 months isn't necessarily predictive of the future. She said that overall her impression of dfs is that he is a "pretty put together little kid."<br><br>
She said that she thinks cognitively he is okay, and her concerns have not been about the cognitive end of things but instead the neurological end of things (neurological stuff can have a variety of effects, but as an example of the difference between neurological and cognitive, think ADHD-- neurological--vs. an information processing disorder-- cognitive...okay, not sure that example works, but something like that).<br><br>
Anyway, I find this stuff really fascinating. The brain is amazing!<br><br>

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sierra. my ds is 6 1/2 mths. You seem to describe my ds exactly. Your dfs seems right on target, give and take.<br><br>
My ds can sit up, but still falls over, he can push his butt up from his belly, but no crawling. My ds coos and screeches, no mama, dada, baba though. I feel if he's tracking you with his eyes and responds to your tone of voice and your expressions he seems fine...<br><br>
He's sounds like he's trucking soon as you least expect it he'll be doing more...
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