Preschool Services

As language, motor and sensory skills are used as tools for entering into collaborative play and developing friendships, it is critical that a child be given all the supports necessary to feel like a confident communicator and friend. Check out our seasonal activities to assist your child in gaining new skills. If you have questions about your child’s development, you may refer to the developmental milestones below:

By the age of 3-4, your child should:
* be intelligible and produce all phonemes with the exception of palatals (“ch”, “sh”, “j”) and R
* compare objects – understand same/different
* use language to plan and narrate a story line with cause and effect
* engage in collaborative pretend play in social settings
* perform basic sequencing tasks, but still have difficulty with temporal concepts (e.g. yesterday/tomorrow)
* build a tower of 9-10 small blocks
* use playdough to make balls, snakes, cookies, etc.
* build things with large linking blocks, such as Megablocks or Duplo
* draw a circle, Copy a cross (+), and Imitate you drawing a square
* start to hold a crayon or pencil with a mature grasp (like an adult)
* cut across a piece of paper and start to cut along a straight line
* manage buttons
* put on most items of clothing by themselves, but may still need help with shirts and jackets
* feed themselves well with a spoon and fork

By the age of 5, your child should:
* understand time concepts (first, next, last)
* understand quantity concepts (whole/half, empty, more)
* make inferences and use humor
* rhyme
* engage in pretend play that is complex, fantastical, and incorporates societal rules
* tell and re-tell short stories
* start to use one hand consistently for fine motor tasks
* cut along a straight line with scissors and start to cut along a curved line, like a circle
* draw a cross by themselves (+), copy a square and begin to draw diagonal lines, like in a triangle
* start to color inside the lines of a picture and draw pictures that are recognizable
* build things with smaller linking blocks, such as Duplo or Lego
* put on their own clothing, but may still need help with fasteners like buttons/zippers
* start to spread butter or cut soft foods with a small table knife (with supervision)
* start to learn to print some capital letters

At Playworks Speech, Language, & Occupational Therapy, we offer evaluations and ongoing therapy in a natural setting. Since a parent is the most important language teacher for the young child, therapy is typically done with the parent present. Parent training and strategies for carry-over of new skills are provided on a weekly basis.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you further.
For a free phone consultation, please call (703) 243-4600.