- Hi, I'm Corwin Sutherin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist
at EIRMC and today we're going to look
at some different developmental milestones
that babies reach from eight months to 10 months of age.
So I'm gonna take this little guy right here
and we put him in sitting position.
And the different areas we're gonna look at is what babies
use for movement, so large muscles,
and then what they do with their hands.
And then we'll look at some different social,
different activities and things that babies
should be doing at this age.
So first of all, sitting.
So this little guy, he's sitting really good.
Has good balance and that's what we'd expect,
to sit without any support.
And then with his hands, he's able to hold the rattle
and move it around.
He's got a good hand grasp and strength for that.
He plays with it.
Often you'll see a hand transfer.
He'll take it from one hand to the other hand.
So both hands.
What if I put it right there?
And then a lot of times, it's very common
that you take an object, bring it to midline
and then take it right up to his mouth.
So looking at his hand skills, if I take something small,
like this, and hand it to him,
he's able to grab it and brings it right to his mouth.
And as a reminder at this age, a lot of times babies
typically will take an object and bring it to their mouth,
so make sure you have age appropriate toys,
so that they don't choke on.
And so he's using his hand skills and this is good for play,
as he starts to grab objects, move it
from right hand to left hand.
And if I take him and I put him on his tummy,
he's able to hold his head up with good neck strength.
He's starting to put weight up on his elbows.
And this is all preparation for movement.
So if I take something, put it over here,
what I'm looking for is to see if he can get to the object
by using his arms, his hands.
He reaches it and he grabs it and he is successful.
So that's all good development at this age.
Good, still moving it so I'm going to help him
get back up into sitting.
And a couple social things that he should be able to do is,
if I take it, object away, he recognizes
that it's not there anymore.
So he turns, he's looking his head, turning his head
to the right and the left.
Where did that object go?
And as I bring it back, he grabs it again.
At this age, he's able to recognize his name.
And how would do that is, if I did say his name,
that he would again look, look to where
the sound was coming from for his name.
And then he would have a facial expression of
his eyes might light up a little bit,
as if you say his name.
I'm gonna take this away.
And following simple directions, so if I put this right here
and show him that, he grabs it
with both hands.
And if I take my finger and I poke it
into the hole right there, see if he'll do what I'm doing.
Can you put your finger in there?
Just like that.
Go right there.
So he's interested in the object.
He may or may not do it.
There he recognizes the hole
and that's what I want him to do.
Again, brings up to his mouth.
So we've looked at some large movement patterns.
We looked at some hand skills, looking at his finger.
He'll be able to use those for play.
And also some social skills.
He should be able to say mama, dada.
And be able to interact with mom and dad.
And if you have any questions about the development
of your child, contact your pediatrician.