As a mom and a Speech Pathologist, I love learning about developmental milestones! Milestones provide a great framework of information to support us as parents in navigating our children’s development. Knowing what to expect helps us support our children’s blossoming skills.
Keep in mind that every child develops at his/her own pace. There is a wide range of what’s typical and there are many children who may not fall within the average range in one or more areas. Seeking out support from a pediatrician or related professional is important if your child is struggling in one or more areas of development. It is also important to keep in mind that, no matter where your child falls on a developmental chart, they are a wonderful, special, and unique individual.
These are our favorite resources for information on developmental milestones across areas of development:
GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT:
Early Years Gross Motor Milestones from Pink Oatmeal
FINE/GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT:
Developmental Milestones Ages 1-2: The Inspired Treehouse
Developmental Milestones Ages 2-3: The Inspired Treehouse
Developmental Milestones Ages 3-4: The Inspired Treehouse
Hearing Milestones: A Parent’s Checklist from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Literacy Development from This Reading Mama
DRESSING SKILL DEVELOPMENT:
Dressing Skills: Developmental Steps for Kids from North Shore Pediatric Therapy
SPEECH & LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT:
Visit our Milestones Page to purchase printable Communication Milestone Trackers with speech and language milestones and possible signs of delay.
Note: Please remember every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. Don’t be alarmed if your child has not reached every milestone by each age. On the flip side, early intervention is crucial for children who do demonstrate delays. If feel that your child may be delayed, please don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician or a professionl that can support the area of delay. Click here to find a local Speech Language Pathologist.
What are some cute new skills your little one has recently developed? Share with us in the comments below!