Physical Characteristics

Gains 5-7 pounds/year and grows 2.5 inches/year


Motor Development

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


Cognitive Development

Collects objects

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


Personal-Social Development

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?

  1. First and foremost, please contact your child's pediatrician. Your health care provider is your best resource if you have any questions or concerns.
  2. 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.