What’s happening at this age?
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.
- During middle childhood, they get better at expressing themselves.
- You should also notice that your child cares more for others.
- During this time of growth, physical activity and a focus on safety are important for healthy development.
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 infants and toddlers in your area.
How important are regular screenings?
The checklists you find here are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools such as those that might be administered by your child’s doctor. Ask your child’s doctor about his or her developmental screening.