Developmental milestones are defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as “skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye”. The CDC adds that children achieve these milestones as they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (cdc.gov).
Children learn and develop at their own pace, so it’s nearly impossible to expect every child to achieve each milestone at the same age. Developmental milestones are in place in order to give a general idea of the changes a parent can expect as their child gets older. As the Center for Disease Control explains, “you know your child best…if you think there could be a problem with your child’s development…don’t wait”. Use the Total Pediatrics Developmental Checklist to screen for any concerns. Our Developmental Checklist was developed in reference the developmental milestones of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as in reference to resources from Pathways.org, a non-profit designed to maximize child development. After completing the checklist, please call us with any concerns at (606) 679-1761 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.