According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the time between the ages of 6 and 8 mark your child transition into “middle childhood”. Your child should begin to feel more confident in being able to meet life’s challenges. This sense of personal power continues to develop from having successful experiences solving problems independently, being creative and seeing results from their effort.

Developmental milestones are things that most children can do at these ages. The links below list these milestones as well as signs of possible developmental delays at this age according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES:
Middle Childhood (6-8 years): English | Español

What if I notice a delay?
If you are concerned about any developmental delays your child may be experiencing, ask your child’s doctor or nurse, or talk with someone in your community who is familiar with services for young children in your area. For more information about parenting programs click here (add link to “Parenting Programs” page), or about other family resources click here (add link to “Family Resources” in this section).

How important are regular screenings?
The checklists you find here are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools such as those on this list that might be administered by your child’s doctor.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months and for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Ask your child’s doctor about his or her developmental screening.