Milestones of development are important markers that help offer a general guideline about the age appropriate life processes.



  • Posture evaluation
  • Reflexes
  • Ability to latch on for feeding
  • Sleeping habit

4 to 6 Weeks

  • Prone position – lifts and turns head
  • Arm range of motion and mobility is increased
  • Hip range of motion is increased as time spent in high degree of flexion is reduced
  • Newborn to 4 months – empathetic with mom (cries when other babies cry)
  • 8 weeks – single vowel sounds (ah, uh)

3 to 3 1/2 Months

  • Begins bearing weight on arms when in prone position
  • Brings hands to midline, hands come together on chest in supine, may pull on clothes
  • Holds head up about 90 degrees and rotates it freely
  • Thrusts legs in prone position
  • Babbling

4 Months

  • Sits upright with some support
  • Rolls onto side from supine and prone positions
  • Increased pelvic mobility and leg pushing
  • Places hands together in space
  • Variations of usual sounds
  • Recognizes and responds to own name
  • Expresses sense of loss when primary care person not present

5 Months

  • Rolling skills increase – rolls to side and from prone to supine voluntarily
  • Takes feet to mouth
  • Adult may pull infant to standing
  • Brings hands together in space, using shoulder flexion
  • Babbling in 3 to 4 syllables

6 Months

  • Shifts weight over extended arms
  • Reaches for mom, toys, etc.
  • Uses lateral trunk flexion to roll over
  • Low back of throat sounds
  • Transitional object

7 Months

  • Crawling (“combat crawl”), scooting, dragging
  • Moves with tummy off the floor
  • Sits without assistance or support
  • Can put self in sitting position from crawling position
  • Stranger anxiety (7 to 10 months)

8 to 10 Months

  • Creeps on all fours (what we normally call “crawling”)
  • Uses furniture to pull self up into standing position
  • Sits independently
  • Can pull self to stand independently via kneeling and half kneeling
  • Da-Da/Ma-Ma (10 months)

11 to 12 Months

  • Walks with someone holding both hands as guidance
  • Cruises
  • 2 to 3 words
  • Jargon
  • Starts to explore environment

13 to 15 Months

  • Can climb stairs via creeping
  • Can stand alone
  • Can walk alone
  • Can sustain interest for 2 mins.
  • Uses 5 to 7 words consistently
  • Games of imitation and mirroring
  • Shows anger

15 to 22 Months

  • Locomotion is fun if somewhat unsteady
  • Can name body parts
  • Can follow two-part directions
  • Can kick a ball forward
  • Can throw a ball with forehand
  • Creeps backwards down stairs
  • Points to body parts
  • 10 to 20 words

22 Months to 2 1/2 Years

  • Can squat and pivot on foot
  • Can stand on one foot for one second
  • Can jump in place
  • Communicates needs with use of language
  • Can put on clothing
  • Expressive language – 50 words or more
  • Projection of feelings into other things

2 1/2 Years to 3 Years

  • Can ride a tricycle
  • Recognizes colors
  • Separates from mother easily by 3 years
  • Can give full name
  • Expresses language – 200 words or more
  • Refers to self as “I”

3 Years

  • Balances on one foot for 5 seconds
  • Climbs stairs with alternating feet
  • Buttons and unbuttons clothing
  • Responds to commands
  • Gives full name
  • Jumps with both feet
  • Feeds his/her self
  • Takes off shoes
  • Can draw circles

4 to 5 Years

  • Knows own self
  • Runs and turns without losing balance
  • Stands on one foot for 10 seconds
  • Draws a man
  • Dresses self
  • Speaks in 6-word sentences

5 to 6 Years

  • Can catch a ball
  • Skips smoothly
  • Knows right and left hand
  • Can describe favorite story
  • Can tie shoes
  • Asks the meaning of abstract words
  • Asks the meaning of symbolic words

6 to 7 Years

  • Copies forms, shapes (triangles, etc.) and prints
  • Thinking literally
  • Reads several one-syllable printed words
  • Prints own words

7 to 8 Years

  • Counts by twos and fives
  • If not reading, reason for concern
  • Simple addition is possible
  • Draws a man with details
  • Pronunciation is clear

8 to 9 Years

  • Can problem-solve and give verbal solutions

About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy

Having a Chiropractic background since the year 2000, Dr. Kaminsky offers many methods of treatment with an emphasis on Craniosacral Therapy in NYC.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a method focusing on the link between the cranium (head) and sacrum (the second to last bone at the base of your spine), scientifically proven to work in unison to pump fluid throughout the body, an unknown disruption of which can cause many health issues.  The craniosacral mechanism pumps vital fluid called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) through the body and in a sense energetically lubricates the joints, tissues, organs; basically all cells of the body. It is the driving force of all your body’s systems of function; including maintaining the tone of your muscles.

The Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) are surrounded with CSF generating energetic rhythmic impulses of fluid delicately pumping throughout your body’s parts “breathing” the movement of life. This measurable rhythm of moving fluid, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rhythm is the foundational “blueprint” and primary principle of our real-time state of our health.

Compromises of our rhythmic movements of fluid flow correlates to the impulse restrictions in the system which the body is unable to overcome or self-correct. This is the reason why we have “dis-ease”, symptoms, conditions, basically all ailments.  This is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable.  By placing his or her hands on your body the practitioner can feel, detect, evaluate, and facilitate correction of these restrictive arrhythmic impulses.

The craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm restore and renew in compromised areas allowing for healing to take place of sensory, motor, musculoskeletal, neurological disorders, symptoms, conditions and pain.  To learn more, visit the other pages on this website. Call to schedule your child’s healing treatment with Dr. Kaminsky.