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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

The following information is to be used as a guide to and at the discretion of the end-user and should not replace a doctor’s opinion.

OVERVIEW

Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age, that are used as are markers of a child’s development from infancy into childhood. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. Although most children reach developmental milestones at or about the same age, all children grow and learn at their own pace. Genetics, gender, nutrition, physical activity, health problems, environment and hormones all play a role in the development of your child’s milestones. It is normal for your child to be ahead in one area, but behind in another.

Learning what is normal for each age group can help you feel comfortable with where your child is at and spot any problems early on. The broad categories we look at are:

  • Gross motor skills: using large groups of muscles to sit, stand, walk, run, keep balance and change positions, etc.
  • Fine motor skills: using hands to be able to eat, draw, dress, play and write.
  • Language skills: speaking, using body language and gestures, communicating, and understanding what others say
  • Cognitive skills: thinking skills including learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering.
  • Social skills: interacting with others, having relationships with family, friends, and teachers, cooperating and responding to the feelings of others.

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

FURTHER READING

Visit these sites to learn more:

  1. Child Mind Institute
  2. Pathways.org
  3. CHOC
  4. CDC