November 21, 2019

SIOUX CITY, IA (Nov. 21, 2019)—Parents or guardians who are concerned about developmental delays of their children are encouraged to contact Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA)'s Early Childhood group at 712-222-6050. The AEA has a team of dedicated professionals specialized in early childhood development who can help parents determine if their children are meeting age-appropriate milestones and growth objectives.

By screening children, developmental problems can be identified and addressed. Trained professionals can also evaluate hearing, vision, social, or learning skills. These services are offered at no cost to residents of Iowa. If a development delay is discovered, the AEA's consultants can team up with AEA occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and others to help children achieve.

While each child grows at his or her own pace, listed below are some milestones typically met at the corresponding age:

6 months

reaches out for a toy or cracker and brings it to mouth

raises chest off the floor

babbles and squeals

rolls over

12 months

says “mama” and “dada”

walks with help or alone

finger feeds self

drinks from a cup with help

18 months

has become a “climber”

has a vocabulary of 6-10 words

likes to hear a short story

scribbles on paper using a crayon

2 years

uses 2-word sentences

imitates parents doing routine chores

walks up and down stairs

can identify body parts by pointing to them

3 years

dresses self

follows simple directions

rides a pedal toy

draws a circle

4 years

can place objects in a line from largest to smallest 

counts one to seven objects out loud, but not always in the correct order

continues one activity for 10 to 15 minutes

may add “ed” to words, like “I goed to...”


5 years

knows basic colors

able to memorize address and phone number

understands that books are read from left to right, top to bottom

draws pictures that represent animals, people and objects


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit

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