Infancy (3 to 5 years)


Development increases as the child enters their 3rd, 4th and 5th years of age, often where children attended nursery and start school, this can be a challenging age for development. A child of this age should be able to:

Visual aspects:
  • Can follow visual clues
  • Can begin to read
  • Distinguish between objects that are alike and those that are not
Fine Motor skill development:
  • Begin to form the shapes needed for writing
  • Hold the pencil in a pincer grip using the thumb and first finger
  • Can undo some buttons
  • Can do up and undo Velcro
Gross Motor skill development:
  • Kick a large ball
  • Balance on one foot
  • Swing on a swing set
  • Running becomes easier

How an occupational therapist can help a child with delayed milestones


Our occupational therapists have the skills and knowledge to help further the development of children who may be finding adapting to the world around them more difficult than others. We can offer a range of treatment and services to improve the development of your child.

If you feel that your child is not reaching these fundamental milestones, there may be an underlying cause behind this slow development and we recommend that you contact our team for an assessment. An occupational therapist will be able to provide the assessment at home, or in any one of our clinics, for further information please email office@otforkids.co.uk or call us on 0330 223 0888

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