Possibly Educational

5 Month Development

Personal/Social

-Work for toy: reaches or leans toward toy placed slightly out of reach.  65% pass.  Pass.

-Feed self: feeds himself finger food.  35% pass.  No opportunity.  We haven’t done finger foods yet.

Fine Motor/Adaptive

-Follow 180 degrees: follows dangling yarn from the side of their head all the way to the other side.  90% pass at 4.5 months. Pass.

-Regard raisin: while holding child in lap sitting at the table, place raisin, cheerio, or similarly sized object on the table; pass if child looks at raisin (pointing to it is ok).  85% pass.  Pass.

-Reaches: put toy within reach and encourage child to pick it up; pass if child at least moves arms in the direction of toy.  60% pass.  Pass.

-Look for yarn: hold a piece of yarn or small object high, get child to look at it, then drop it (without moving your arm); pass if child looks down for it.  25% pass.  Not yet.

Language

-Squeals: makes high-pitched happy sounds.  90% pass at 4.5 months. Pass.

-Turn to rattling sound: hold child in your lap facing you and have someone stand behind child (out of sight) and shake a rattle 6-12 inches away from child’s ear and repeat with other ear; pass if child turns to sound for both ears.  80% pass.  Pass.

-Turn to voice: hold child in your lap facing you and have someone stand behind child (out of sight) and whisper the child’s name several times 6-12 inches away from child’s ear—with hand between mouth and child’s ear so child can’t feel the breath; repeat with other ear and pass if child turns to sound for both ears.  60% pass.  Not yet.  He turns to one side, but not the other.

-Single syllables: child uses single syllables consisting of a consonant and vowel (ba, ma, da, ga).  28% pass.  Not yet.

-Imitate speech sounds: repeat a sound several times (cough, clicking tongue, kissy sound); pass if child imitates sound.  45% pass.  Not yet.

Gross Motor

-Bear weight on legs: supports own weight on feet and legs for a few seconds in a standing position (holding child in standing position and slowly loosening hand support, but not letting go).  90% pass at 4.5 months.  Pass.

-Chest up-arm support: Place child on stomach on flat surface; pass if child lifts head and chest with outstretched arms.  90% pass at 4.75 months.  Pass.

-Roll over: roll completely from back to stomach or vice versa at least twice.  85% pass.  Pass.  He’s become a side/stomach sleeper and I can’t keep him on his back to sleep.

-Pull to sit—no head lag: with child on back, grasp child’s hands and wrists and gently and slowly pull to a sitting position; pass if child’s head stays in line with body with no lag (stop if there is immediate lag).  83% pass.  Pass.

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