Pediatric Milestones

Develop. Achieve. Maintain.

Worried about your child reaching key milestones in motor skills, cognition, or communication? Our specialty-trained therapists can help.

Newman Therapy Services works with children of all ages, from infant to age 18. Our staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. These specialties work individually or together to help your child improve motor function, coordination, and language. Research has shown that the sooner the developmental services are started, the better the outcome.

Using physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, we provide treatment for these conditions:

Attention deficit disorders

Autism spectrum disorders

Bell’s Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Cleft palate

Delays in self-care skills

Developmental delays

Feeding difficulties/aversions

Down Syndrome

Fine motor delays

Handwriting difficulties/delays

Neurological disorders


Sensory processing disorders

Speech and language delays

Swallowing difficulties/disorders


Traumatic brain injury

Common Developmental Milestones for Young Children

Below is a general list of a few things your child may do at different ages. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, don’t wait. Acting early on developmental concerns can make a real difference for your child and you.

Gross Motor Skills

Age 0-3 months
Raises head slightly off floor/bed
Thrusts arms in play

Age 3-6 months
Rolls from stomach to back
Lifts head/chest when on stomach

Age 6-9 months
Sits unsupported briefly
Stands with support

Age 9-12 months
Pulls to stand
May begin walking independently

Age 12-18 months
Crawls up onto furniture
Uses riding toys

Age 18-24 mo
Walks unaided
Pulls toys while walking

Age 2
Runs and jumps
Climb stairs with assistance

Age 3
Rides a tricycle
Walks up stairs with alternating gait

Age 4
Walks down stairs easily
Catches a ball

Fine Motor & Vision Skills

Age 0-3 months
Closes hand on your finger
Looks at your face

Age 3-6 months
Recognizes parent
Plays peek-a-boo

Age 6-9 months
Uses pinch to pick up small objects
Opens mouth for a spoon

Age 9-12 months
Shakes toys
Imitates adult behavior

Age 12-18 months
Removes socks/helps with dressing
Stacks 2-4 blocks

Age 18-24 mo
Matches simple shapes in a puzzle
Drinks from a cup

Age 2
Stacks 8+ blocks
Feeds self with little spilling

Age 3
Copies simple shapes with crayon
Turns doorknobs

Age 4
Draws a person with 2-4 body parts
Dresses independently

Speech & Cognition

Age 0-3 months
Startles in response to sound
Sucks well using lips, cheeks, tongue

Age 3-6 months
Says single syllables ("da", "ba")
Smiles at sight of faces

Age 6-9 months
Responds to facial expressions
Understands "no"

Age 9-12 months
Responds to own name
Vocalizes during play

Age 12-18 months
Follows simple commands
Uses 3-20 words

Age 18-24 mo
Responds to "look at"
Uses 50+ words, some verbs

Age 2
Names familiar people/body parts
Uses sentences of 2-4 words

Age 3
Converses using 2-3 sentences
Knows and says name/age/sex

Age 4
Tells stories
Names some colors/letters/numbers

We're here to help your child achieve their personal best.

If your child has been diagnosed with a physical, cognitive or speech disorder, or if you're concerned about your child's development, contact us to learn how therapy can help. Give us a call at 620-342-4100 and schedule your appointment today!