Developmental Milestones & Child Development

Helping Kids Grow!


Developmental milestones are a set of functional skills or age-specific tasks that most children can do at a certain age range. 
Parents often have concerns about their child's development, especially when they see other children of the same age who have already attained a milestone that their child still hasn't met, causing them to think that their child is 'slow' or 'seems behind'. 
Parents can also get discouraged comparing the growth and development of their own child against that of other children. 
It is important to keep in mind that for each milestone, there is a range of ages during which a child will normally meet it.

For example, some children may walk as early as 11 months, while others may not walk until they are 15 months old, and it is still considered typical development. 

If you watch a group of 12 month old infants, you will likely see some walking well already and many others still just cruising around while holding on to things.
All can be developing normally. 
Your infant, toddler, or preschooler may be growing and changing, but may have difficulty talking, moving, or learning the way other children do. 
A developmental delay occurs when your child has the delayed achievement of one or more of his milestones. 

It is important for parents to 
"learn the signs and act early".
Visit the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" website for great, easy to read information about childhood developmental milestones and delays!