Stages of Development Birth to 5 Years

The Areas of Development section provides information regarding the five major areas of development for young children. The Levels of Development for Birth to age 5 provides a general guideline for the ages at which developmental milestones are acquired. The Activities sections provides suggestions for activities for skill development. These activities can be utilized whether the child is presenting with advanced skills, typical development, or delays in development.

Areas of Development for 0-5 years

There are six major areas of development that parents need to be aware of for monitoring the development of their child. These areas are problem solving, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills, communication skills, and self-help skills. It is important to have a general idea of developmental milestones to gauge whether or not there is a need to be concerned about a particular area of development. Conversely, parents may merely desire to provide experiences to promote stronger skills in each of the developmental areas.

Developmental milestones are the specific skills that children are expected to acquire within a specific time frame. Keep in mind that the following age ranges are not precise. Children develop at their own individual rate! A pediatrician should be consulted if the child is behind 25% of their chronological age in any of the developmental areas. As children reach school age years, these foundational skills are imperative to the learning experiences children have as they learn to read, write, and calculate. Social skills continue to develop as children encounter the world of school and are influenced by the experiences they have during these early foundational years.

Developmental Milestones Quick Links:

Problem Solving Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills
Social Skills
Communication Skills
Self Help Skills

Developmental Levels for 0-5 years

Birth through 5 years is a critical developmental period for children. LifeStages offers the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to assist in identifying areas of advanced development or potential concerns. Information obtained from LifeStages regarding suspected concerns in development should also be shared with a pediatrician for further discussion. Click on the Ages and Stages icon to complete this important questionnaire. The following developmental levels provides general guidelines for children’s development.

Developmental Levels Quick Links:

Problem Solving Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills
Social Skills
Communication Skills
Self Help Skills

Suggested Activities for 0 -5 Years