Red Flags: Occupational Therapy Screening Tool for 1 to 2-Year-Olds

What are red flags? A red flag is characterized as marker of delayed development in a child. These can manifest in many different ways. While every child is unique in their development and timeline of growth, there are certain behaviors that are universally causes for concern. For 1 to 2-year-olds, be aware if your child:

  • No interest in engaging with moving toys (balls, cars/trucks, pull toys)
  • Not attempting to feed self with spoon
  • Does not use trial and error (example: attempts something once and gives up)
  • Does not appear to use gestures and words to communicate wants and needs (limited pointing, showing, offering)
  • Limited exploration of environment (not climbing on/off chairs, going up/down steps, etc.)
  • Refuses or unable to eat same meals as rest of family
  • Unable to use utensils/will only eat with hands
  • Unable to use straw cup or sippy cup
  • No pretend or cooperative play observed (examples-hide and seek, chasing, brushing dolls hair, etc)
  • By 2 years, should be able to engage in quiet play approximately 5-10 minutes

Pediatric Advanced Therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to the greater Charlotte area. We have two offices in Mooresville and Salisbury, with a Charlotte office opening in May 2017.

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