Gains 5-7 pounds/year and grows 2.5 inches/year
Exhibits significant improvement in agility, balance, speed and strength
Enjoys vigorous activities (dance, roller blade, swim, wrestle, ride bikes, fly kites)
Copies words and numbers with increasing speed and accuracy
Saves money for small purchases
Begins to understand that jars that are tall and narrow may look different from those that are short and wide but may hold the same amount
Adds and subtracts multiple-digit numbers
Speech and Language Development
Enjoys writing and sending emails and notes to friends
Understands and follows rules of grammar in conversation and written form
Begins forming opinions about moral values and attitudes
Enjoys team games and activities
Check with your child's pediatrician if by Nine Years your child does NOT:
Exhibit good appetite and continued weight gain
Experience fewer illnesses
Show improved motor skills, in terms of agility, speed, and balance
Understand abstract concepts and use complex thought processes to problem solve
Enjoy school and the challenge of learning
Follow through on multiple-step instructions
Express ideas clearly and fluently
Form friendships with other children and enjoy participating in group activities
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.