Developmental check-ups with a Pediatrician throughout your child’s first year of life (at 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months) are a perfect place to bring up any concerns you as a parent may have a about your child’s development. While Pediatricians have their own set of developmental red flags, these only hit the “big-bad-uglys” as we like to call them, including the following:
- Is your child rolling by 6 months?
- Is your child sitting independently by 8 months?
- Is your child crawling by 12 months?
- Is your child walking by 18 months?
These red flags are very specific, meaning a child who exhibits these red flags would be identified for services, but not very sensitive, meaning many children who would benefit from therapy services are missed. I have seen many children referred to physical therapy for delayed walking skills, who are not standing independently or didn’t roll consistently until 8 months. To help these children who are being missed by the Pediatricians red flags, I have put together a checklist of things to discuss with your Pediatrician at your child’s 12 month check-up.
Checklist for your child’s 12-month doctor visit:
Gross Motor Skills
- Independently transitions into and out of sitting
- Rolling independently from back to belly, and belly to back, with ease
- Crawling on hands and knees with reciprocal form
- Pulls to stand at stable surface
- Cruises along furniture
Fine Motor Skills
- Begins using pincher grasp (thumb and single finger)
- Transfers objects from one hand to the other
- Places toys into large container, and takes toys out
- Begins holding spoon during feeding
- At least 1-2 words
- Babbling with constant – vowel combination, ie. ba-ba, ma-ma, da-da
- Labeling object with consistent sounds, ie. ball is always “ba”
- Pays attention to speech around them
- Follows simple commands, ie. “go get the ball”
Take this checklist with you to your 12-month visit. If you have further concerns, schedule a pediatric physical therapy evaluation.
NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview and Des Plaines. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!