FitnessForHealth_Reaching Milestones

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD MEET KEY DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES ON TIME (continued)

3-6YearsOfAge During the preschool years, your child should be able to:

How Can I Tell If My Child Is Falling Behind? It can sometimes be difficult to tell if your child is on the right developmentaltrack.Whilesome factorsmayseemobvious,thereare some other subtle factors that can tell you whether or not your child is meeting the mark in cognitive and physical development. According to Medline Plus, the following comprehensive list should tell you if your child has met the correct stages of development, from birth to age 18:

• Enjoy doing most things independently, without help • Enjoy rhymes and word play • Hop on one foot • Ride a tricycle well • Start school • Understand size concepts • Understand time concepts girls • Notice the importance in peer recognition • Further develop reading skills • Notice the importance of routine in daytime activities • Understands and follow several directions in a row

• Draw a circle and square • Draw stick figures with two to three features for people • Skip • Balance better, and may begin to ride a bicycle • Begin to recognize written words • Catch a bounced ball

BirthToOneYearOfAge Within the first year of life, your child should be able to: • Drink from a cup • Sit alone, without support • Babble

• Roll over without assistance • Say “mama” and “dada,” using the terms appropriately • Understand the word “no”

6-12YearsOfAge During the primary school years, your child should be able to: • Begin gaining skills for team sports • Begin to lose “baby” teeth

• Display a social smile • Develop their first tooth • Play peek-a-boo • Pulls themselves up to standing position

and stop the activity in question as a response

• Walk while holding on to furniture or other support

and get permanent teeth • Possibly begin to show growth of armpit, pubic hair, and breast development in girls • Possibly begin menarche (first menstrual period) for

1-3YearsOfAge During the toddler years, your child should be able to: • Feed themselves neatly, with minimal spilling • Draw a line, when shown one • Run, pivot, and walk backwards

• Learn to share toys, without adult direction • Master walking • Recognize and labels colors appropriately • Recognize differences between males and females • Learn to take turns (if directed) while playing with other children • Use more words, and understand simple commands • Use a spoon to feed themselves

12-18yearsofage During the adolescent years, your child should be able to:

• Say their first and last name • Walk up and down the stairs • Begin pedaling a tricycle • Name pictures of common objects and point to body parts • Get dressed, with only a little bit of help • Imitate the speech of others and “echo” words back

• Notice a vital importance in peer acceptance and recognition • Understand abstract concepts

• Achieve adult height, weight, and sexual maturity • Notice armpit hair, chest

hair, pubic hair, voice changes, and enlarged penis/testicles in boys

• Notice armpit hair, pubic hair, breast development, and menstrual periods in girls

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