9-12 years old Milestone
Here's some milestones for your pre-teens.
The majority of children will achieve these milestones between the ages of 9 and 12 years old. All children develop at different rates. Some children are slower than others (developmentally delayed) but catch up with time. Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes their development to be delayed, and they may not catch up.
Evaluate your child with this checklist
It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible. So if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, see your child health nurse or doctor for help as soon as you can. If in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to ‘wait and see’.
- Enjoy team games (soccer, football, cricket, tennis, etc)
- Are able to swim
- Show increased body awareness and self-perception
- Show increased awareness of own physical skills and how they appear to others
- Adult-type tools can be used, such as saws and hammers. Children can construct simple structures with wood and sew basic garments
- Handwriting becomes more fluid, automatic and less of an effort
- Writing speed increases
- Writing can occur well without ruled lines
Talking and understanding
- Understanding similarities, opposites
- Communicating effectively in classroom and playground social settings
- Understanding within the classroom
- Understanding more complex grammar
- Children at this age use and understand very complex language
- Ability to understand other people’s points of view
- Sense of what is important is influenced by school and friends
- The intellectual standard of children of this age is defined by the school curriculum
Youthrive is providing this as general information only and it should not be relied upon as professional or medical advice. You should seek professional and medical advice for particular health concerns or manifestations. Our best efforts have been used to ensure this information is considered correct and current in accordance with accepted best practice in Queensland as at the date of production.
Originally produced by Child Development Network.