Developmental Milestones

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding childhood development.  If you think your child may have a developmental disability, contact us, call 610-776-3578 or Request an Appointment.

Typical milestones for childhood development include the following. Please keep in mind that these milestones are not exact and are different for each child.

Infant

  • Rolling at or near six months
  • Crawling at or near nine months
  • Walking at or near 13 months
  • Speaking two words at or near 13 months
  • Beginning to stack blocks at or near 24 months

Toddler

  • Running or jumping smoothly at or near 2.5 years
  • Speaking three-word sentences at or near 2.5 years
  • Partially undressing self at 2.5 years
  • Feeding self with spoon at or near 2.5 years
  • Knows four to eight body parts by 2.5 years

Preschooler

  • Peddling tricycle at or near 3.5 years
  • Throwing ball overhand at or near 3.5 years
  • Cutting with scissors at or near 3.5 years
  • Copies a circle at or near 3.5 years
  • Begins to know the difference between colors at or near 3.5 years
  • Speaking intelligibly at or near 3.5 years
  • Can dress self except for difficult fasteners by 4.5 years
  • Can play simple ball games at or near 4.5 years
  • Is aware of time and weather at or near 4.5 years

School-Age

Your child may need some assistance if he or she is having difficulty with:

  • Writing
  • Poor coordination
  • Dressing independently
  • Poor attention span
  • Understanding complex direction and problem solving
  • Sentence structure and grammar
  • Understanding what he or she reads
  • Organizing his or her desk or notebook
  • Keeping up with his or her peers

For more information on the Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program, contact us, call 610-776-3578 or Request an Appointment.