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5 Years

Developmental Milestones by the End of 5 Years:


· Wants to please friends

· Wants to be like her friends

· More likely to agree to rules

· Likes to sing, dance, and act

· Shows more independence and may even visit a next-door neighbor by herself

Speech and Language:

· Recalls part of a story

· Speaks sentences of more than five words

· Uses future tense

· Tells longer stories with simple plot (problem, action to solve problem, and outcome)

· Says name and address

· Uses all types of sentences, some of which will be complex (for example, “I can go to Billy’s house after I help mom clean the dirty kitchen.”)

· Uses all speech sounds correctly with the possible exception of th, zh (as in measure), and r


· Can count 10 or more objects

· Correctly names at least 4 colors

· Better understands the concept of time

· Knows about things used every day in the home (money, food, appliances)

Hand and Finger Skills:

· Copies triangles and other geometric patterns

· Draws a person with body

· Prints some letters

· Dresses and undresses without assistance

· Uses fork, spoon, and (sometimes) a table knife

· Usually cares for own toilet needs


· Stands on one foot for 10 seconds or longer

· Hops, somersaults

· Swings, climbs

· May be able to skip


· Aware of sexuality

· Able to distinguish fantasy from reality

· Sometimes demanding, sometimes eagerly cooperative

Developmental Watch:

The developmental milestones give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child but don’t be alarmed if her development takes a slightly different course. Each child develops at her own pace. Do consult us, or your pediatrician, however, if your child displays any of the following signs of possible developmental delay for this age range.

· Cannot understand two-part commands using prepositions (“Put the cup on the table” ; “Get the remote under the couch.”

· Can’t correctly pronounce the majority of sounds with the exception or th, zh (as in measure), and r

· Doesn’t use plurals or past tense properly hen speaking

· Doesn’t talk about daily activities and experiences

· Exhibits extremely fearful or timid behavior

· Exhibits extremely aggressive behavior

· Is unable to separate from parents without major protest

· Is easily distracted and unable to concentrate on any single activity for more than five minures

· Shows little interest in playing with other children

· Refuses to respond to people in general, or responds only superficially

· Rarely uses fantasy or imitation in play

· Seems unhappy or sad much of the time

· Doesn’t engage in a variety of activities

· Avoids or seems aloof with other children and adults

· Doesn’t express a wide range of emotions

· Has trouble eating, sleeping, or using the toilet

· Can’t differentiate between fantasy and reality

· Seems unusually passive

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Age based developmental milestones include speech and language, social, emotional, cognitive, movement and more.

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