Gains 6 pounds/year and grows 2.5 inches/year
Energy level comes and goes
Balances on either foot, runs up and down stairs, throws and catches smaller balls, practices hitting balls
Uses knife and fork appropriately, but inconsistently
Holds pencil in a tight grasp near the tip; rests head on forearm, lowers head almost to the table top when doing pencil and paper tasks
Produces letters and numbers in a deliberate and confident manner
Understands concepts of space and time
Gains a better understanding of cause and effect
Tells time by the clock and understands calendar time-days, months, years, seasons
Enjoys counting and saving money
Speech and Language Development
Uses adult-like sentence structure and language in conversation
Uses gestures to illustrate conversation
Verbal exaggeration is commonplace: “I ate ten hotdogs at the picnic”
Describes personal experiences in great detail
Blames others for won mistakes
Worries about not being liked; feelings easily hurt
Check with your child's pediatrician if by Eight Years your child does NOT:
Attend to the task at hand; show longer periods of sitting quietly, listening, responding appropriately
Follow through on simple instructions
Go to school willingly most days
Sleep soundly most nights
Seem to see and hear adequately
Handle stressful situations without undue emotional upset
Assume responsibility for personal care most of the time
Show improved motor skills
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.