Child Development

Children are as unique as snowflakes, each having their own distinct personality. This means that your child might meet developmental milestones at a different age than a classmate or neighbor. However, there are certain milestones that most children reach within a specific timeframe. The age when your child smiles at you, says their first word, starts to crawl and masters other tasks can give you and your doctor insights into how well they are achieving these important developmental milestones. We are here to answer your questions, ease your fears and provide information on when it might be helpful to seek more personalized assistance in your community.

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Child Development by Skill

Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills involve movements with the arms, legs, and body. See gross motor milestones broken down by age.
See Gross Motor Development for Infants, Toddlers, & Children

Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills involve the hands. Read about fine motor skills and milestones by age group.
See Fine Motor Milestones for Infants, Toddlers, & Children

Speech Skills
Talking to your baby from the moment she’s born will help her learn to talk.
See Speech Development for Infants, Toddlers, & Children

Cognitive Skills
Learn about cognitive skills by age group, such as looking in the mirror, learning rules, and playing games.
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Visual Skills
From learning to focus to hand-eye coordination, find out more about your child’s visual development.
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Feeding Skills
Good feeding habits include well developed motor skills and sensory integration techniques.
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Child Development by Age Group

Newborns: 0-3 Months
Learn about preemies, the importance of tummy time, pacifier use, and more.
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Infants: 3-12 Months
See posts on how to help your baby start walking, understand why they’re crying, how much food they should eat, and more.
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Toddlers: 12-36 Months
Help your toddler with language development, self-feeding, fine motor skills, and more.
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Pre-Schoolers: 36-60 Months
Learn how to handle separation anxiety, cognitive and motor development milestones, and more.
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Early School: 60+ Months
Read about how to help your child try new foods, communication skills, and more.
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More Child Development Articles

What is abnormal crawling? What are the benefits of crawling? Learn more about how to help your child start to crawl.
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Should babies wear shoes when learning to walk? Read about when babies should start walking, how walkers can impact development, and more.
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Special Needs
If your child has special needs, take a look at our resources for descriptions of diagnoses, treatment and therapy options, and more.

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