DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES 2018-02-23T02:25:00+00:00
  • Developmental milestones are skills that most children learn at certain ages.
    • Gross motor: Using large groups of muscles to sit, stand, walk, run, etc., keeping balance, and changing positions.
    • Fine motor: Using hands to be able to eat, draw, dress, play, write, and pick up small objects such as puzzle pieces.
    • Language: Speaking, using body language and gestures, communicating, and understanding what others say.
    • Cognitive: Thinking skills including learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering.
    • Social/Emotional: Interacting with others, having relationships with family, friends, and teachers, cooperating, and responding to the feelings of others.

    Developmental milestones can give parents a guide for what their child will be learning next. Each child learns at his or her own pace, but keeping an eye on your child’s development is a good idea.


    If you are concerned about your child’s development, talk to your doctor or health care provider. If you think that your child may have a developmental delay, you can learn more by visiting the Early On website or by calling (989) 667-3240.

    Zero to Three

    For information on developmental milestones for your child from birth to age 3, visit

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    For information on your child’s health and well-being, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics.