Parents and therapists alike often look for a developmental checklist. Having a list of developmental milestones in physical development, emotional, and social development would be handy, right? A printable resource that acts as a guideline to child development could be useful for parents to track the milestones of their child for the first two years of life. A pediatric developmental checklist can help to identify red flags or to reference a child’s growth and development.
Also check out our blog post on ADLs as we cover each stage as it relates to daily functional tasks.
Today, I wanted to share developmental checklists that are available here on The OT Toolbox, so you can have a one-stop spot for understanding growth and development stages in children.
Be sure to read this resource on toddlerhood for specifics on birth-3.
These blog posts listed below were created to serve as a guideline, and reference, for parents to track the milestones of their child for the first two years of life. Ideally, this milestone resources will be helpful to identify developmental progression in order to guide the conversation with your child’s provider in reference to their growth and development, and to any concerns which become apparent.
It is important to note that all children develop at their own pace; however, the guidelines provided in this book are the accepted steps in development by doctors, service providers and educators alike.
For ease of use, these childhood development milestones are broken down by the general developmental month span utilized in the medical community (i.e. 0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc.). This book covers the following:
- Speech/language milestones
- Feeding milestones
- Fine motor milestones
- Gross motor milestones
- Activities to address each of the above
- Red flags to look for in each range
- Pre-K readiness checklist
- Kindergarten readiness checklist
- Potty training tips
- Expected stages of play
- Pre-writing progression
- Resources (websites and podcasts)
In addition, many of these milestone resources provide printable checklists for increased ease in filing and long term record keeping for each of your children, as well as the ability for your child’s provider to make copies of, and keep the information for their own files.
Childhood developmental milestones
It is important to note that all children develop at their own pace; however, there are a set of developmental guidelines that are accepted steps in development by doctors, service providers and educators alike.
Here are developmental milestone lists that we have here on The OT Toolbox. Use these to better identify any developmental concerns:
Knowing all of this information on typical child development, it would be very handy to have a complete checklist of aspects of developmental progression from birth to two years.
Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.