Your Child at 12 to 18 Months

Your child at 12-18 months is developing a real personality.

They are still growing rapidly, gaining confidence, and developing a sense of independence. As they begin to walk, run, and climb, they need encouragement and freedom to explore, as well as clear boundaries and limits to feel safe.

At 12 to 18 months old your child should be able to:

  • Walk without help
  • Hold objects while walking 
  • Hold a crayon and scribble
  • Gesture or point to indicate what they want
  • Turn pages in a book 
  • Push, pull, and dump things 
  • Understand and follow simple one step directions 
  • Say 8 to 20 words, including "hi" and "bye" 
  • Identify objects in a book 
  • Pay attention to conversations 
  • Enjoy being held and read to 
  • Imitate others with sounds and facial expressions 
  • Play alone with toys


If you have concerns about your child's development, contact Early On at 1-800-EarlyOn or 1-800-327-5966.

What is a good parent? Being a good parent means so many things: protecting and guiding your child, establishing rules and boundaries and showing them lots of attention.

For tips on Successful Parenting and Dealing With Power Struggles, visit Positive Parenting.

Your child will transition from baby foods to table foods, bottle to cup, and possibly formula to milk. To make certain you are providing the best nutrition for your child, visit Kids Health.

Learning to read and write in school depends on the blending of many skills--skills that grow as children interact with, and explore, their world in the early years. It is never to early to begin to prepare your child for reading and writing.

Read First Steps Towards Reading and Writing

ADA & Accessibility

Our School Strives To Ensure Our Website Is Accessible To All Our Visitors 

Washtenaw ISD is committed to providing a website that is fully accessible and we are currently in the process of developing a new website to better meet the needs of our customers. Our new website will include improvements to ADA compliance and accessibility, and during this transition, we remain committed to maintaining our existing website's accessibility and usability. 

ADA Compliance

Non Discrimination

It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

ADA and Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311