What Age A Child Should Master The Stairs | Pediatric Therapy Tv

In today’s webisode a Pediatric Physical Therapist gives viewers a few guidelines for the ages a child should be able to alternate feet walking up and down stairs.

In This Video You Will Learn:

  • The ages a child should walk up and down stairs
  • The ages a child should alternate feet walking up and down stairs

Video Transcription:

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Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I am your host Robyn
Ackerman, and today I’m standing with Pediatric Physical
Therapist Leida van Oss. Can you tell us at what age a child
should be able to alternate feet going up or down stairs?

Leida: Sure. A child should be able to master going up stairs
independently by two. It’s expected for them to alternate feet,
one on each step, right then left, right then left by three.
They say three because they have to be tall enough and strong
enough in order to get up the stairs. If not, then usually
there’s an underlying strength deficit that needs to be

Robyn: Okay, great. Thank you so much Leida.

Leida: Thanks.

Robyn: And thank you to our viewers, and remember keep on blossoming.

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2 replies
  1. Amy
    Amy says:

    Lyda mentioned going up stairs but didn’t specify the age for kids to be able to descend stairs alternating their feet. Can you please share?

    • Leida
      Leida says:

      Hi Amy. Thanks for the comment! A child should be able to walk up the stairs between 2 and 3, and alternate their feet by 3 years of age.


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