Developmental Milestones

Social-Emotional Development

Social-Emotional DevelopmentIncludes a child’s relationship with himself and others, self-concept, self-esteem, and the ability to express feelings.

Language Development

Includes children’s utterances, pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence length, and the ability to express ideas, needs, and feelings. It includes receptive language (do they understand what they hear?) and verbal levels (what do they say?).

Physical-Motor Development

Includes gross motor, fine motor, and perceptual motor.

Cognitive Development

Includes curiosity, the ability to perceive and think, memory, attention span, general knowledge, problem solving, analytical thinking, beginning reading, computing skills, and other cognitive processes.

Creative Development

Creative DevelopmentIncludes creative activities such as movement, dance, music, and painting, as well as originality, imagination, divergent thinking, and problem solving.

Children grow and develop at different rates. Each child has an inner timetable that is unique. Development normally follows a sequence that is fairly predictable. For example, physical development tends to be from the head downward. The head of a baby is small compared to the rest of the body. Young children gain control over arm movements before mastering finger control because growth is from the center of the body outward.

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