Signs of Cerebral Palsy Developmental Milestones

Developmental milestones are the points in time when a child learns to accomplish a specific task. A significant delay in reaching developmental milestones is often the first indicator a child may have cerebral palsy.

Although children grow and develop at their own pace, these milestones are established to mark the average age moments most children learn the specific task. Reaching these milestones late is a sign that a child may have cerebral palsy or another development disability, especially if other signs are present. These should be discussed with a child’s doctor.

Important
Developmental Milestones Charts:

By the end of 2 months (PDF)

By the end of 4 months (PDF)

By the end of 6 months (PDF)

By the end of 9 months (PDF)

By the end of 1 year (PDF)

By the end of 18 months (PDF)

By the end of 2 years (PDF)

By the end of 3 years (PDF)

By the end of 4 years (PDF)

By the end of 5 years (PDF)

Division of Birth Defects, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of February 16, 2012. Adapted from Source: CARING FOR YOUR BABY AND YOUNG CHILD: BIRTH TO AGE 5 by Steven Shelov, Robert E. Hannermann, © 1991, 1993, 1998, 2004 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Used permission of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc.