Developmental milestones for 5 years : Social Development

Developmental milestones for 5 years


Major motor skills

Children aged 5–7 years old can skip, and have strong ball skills.

Fine motor skills

Children can colour pictures and will learn to tie their shoe laces.


Children’s writing skills develop, usually beginning with their name. Reading skills are developing, and they can talk fluently and confidently.

Vision and hearing

Children should demonstrate everyday visual competence for near and far.

Social achievements and play

Children choose their own friends, dress/undress themselves, show caring behaviours, have an understanding of rules and will argue.

When to be concerned

Some children are slower to reach these age-appropriate milestones, but will often catch up. Others have not been exposed to certain skills and so wouldn’t be expected to develop them. For example, a child who only wears ‘slip-on’ shoes or shoes with velcro straps is unlikely to learn to tie shoelaces by age seven.

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  1. Sheridan M. Birth to Five Years: Children’s Developmental Progress (2nd edition). Australian Council for Educational Research; 1997.
  2. Parenting and Child Health: Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service. Child development: 0-3 months [online]. Adelaide: Government of South Australia. 11 September 2008 [cited 31 October 2008]. Available from URL: HealthTopics/ HealthTopicDetails.aspx? p=114&np=122&id=1963

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Of course you should talk to your OB first, but

by onepointfive

I too had a complicated pregnancy (because of ruptured membranes). I was on bed rest and actually induced at 34 weeks. My situation was totally different from yours because ruptured membranes increases the risk for infection but by 34 weeks the risk of prematurity is outweighed by the risk of infection.
Now, since you have preterm labor and not preterm premature rupture, you are not at risk for infection.
My baby was born at 34 weeks 4 days and is now 4 months old. He is very healthy, spunky, and charming and is making his developmental milestones on time. Now having said that, he did spend 5 days in the NICU (4 with external respiratory support - called CPAP) and a total of three weeks in the hospital

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