Birth-6: Milestones

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Milestones and Child Development

Child Development refers to the growth of a child’s physical ability and cognitive, social, and language skills. To measure this growth, many professionals count on Developmental Milestones, or skills and age-specific tasks that most children can do by a certain age range. While many children will grow in size as they grow in age, the child development milestones don’t necessarily work the same way. Practicing Every Child Ready to Read’s five daily practices can aid in reaching developmental milestones and set your child on the path to reading and writing.

If you see delay in these milestones with your child, there’s no reason to panic. Many children set their own pace in development and each child is unique. However, it’s always important to talk with your child’s doctor about any concerns you may have. If your child has any delays, it’s good to start on a plan for intervention as early as possible so your child can make the best possible progress as they age. Here are some great resources to help!

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
This site details important speech and hearing topics such as delays and disorders, literacy, and communication development.

CDC’s Developmental Milestones
From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move. Track your child’s development and contact your doctor if you have a concern. Try some of the activities suggested on this Milestone Checklist!

Premature Baby Milestones
Children who are born prematurely often have very different milestone guidelines. This page, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, outlines what to expect when your little one was born prematurely.

Zero To Three
The first three years of your child’s life is crucial in developing skills! Zero to Three offers great tips and information to parents and caregivers on the development of babies and toddlers.