Gains 4-5 pounds/year and grows 2-2.5 inches/year
May begin to lose baby teeth
Able to walk backwards heel to toe
Walks up and down stairs, alternating feet
Walks a balance beam
Learns to skip
Catches a ball thrown from 3 feet away
Balances on one foot for 10 seconds
Reproduces many shapes and letters
Cuts on the line with scissors (not perfectly)
Sorts objects on the basis of two characteristics, such as color and shape
Knows the alphabet
Speech and Language Development
Has a vocabulary of 1,500 words or more
Identifies and names 4 to 8 colors
Produces sentences with 5-7 words
Answers the telephone appropriately
Shares toys, takes turns, plays cooperatively
Has better self control; fewer dramatic swings of emotions
Check with your child's pediatrician if by Six Years your child does NOT:
Alternate feet when walking up and down stairs
Speak in a moderate voice; neither too loud, too soft, too high, too low
Follow simple directions in stated order: “Please go to the cupboard, get a cup, and bring it to me.”
Use 4 to 5 words in acceptable sentence structure
Cut on line with scissors
Sit still and listen to an entire short story (5-7 minutes)
Maintain eye contact when spoken to (unless this is a cultural taboo)
Play well with other children
Perform most self-grooming tasks independently (brush teeth, wash hands)
Did you answer yes to one or more of the developmental alerts?
- First and foremost, please contact your child's pediatrician. Your health care provider is your best resource if you have any questions or concerns.
- Secondly, would you like to speak with someone at Special Kids to learn more about how our services may benefit your child? Contact our Family Resources team to learn more.
*Developmental milestone survey adapted from Lynn Marotz and K. Eileen Allen's book Developmental Profiles: Pre-birth through Adolescence.