As they grow, babies and children learn to use their bodies to explore their environment, communicate, and complete activities of daily living. Each skill builds upon the previous one along common timelines. We call reaching these skills “developmental milestones.” They are signs that indicate a child is growing and learning as expected.
Based on the findings of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the checklist below lists some of these milestones. While there are many other things children learn to do as they grow, these are some of the common milestones that can help identify possible concerns. If your child is not reaching these milestones, he or she may benefit from an evaluation to identify developmental delays and determine a course of action to address any problems.
Delays in Daily Activities should be evaluated by an Occupational Therapist. For children showing delays in Moving milestones, a Physical Therapist should evaluate. Finally, if your child is having difficulty with communication, a Speech and Language Pathologist should evaluate your child’s needs. Social/Emotional milestones typically overlap with the other three categories, and referrals can be made to other care professionals if necessary.