three year VISIT
As your 3-year-old’s attention span grows and more verbal skills develop, they will be better able to follow instructions and express their own needs and thoughts. Expect a fair share of meltdowns and tantrums, but know they come in tandem with a silliness and creative spirit that will bring plenty of joy, too.
Gross motor skills: Most 3-year-olds are able to walk a line, balance on a low balance beam, skip or gallop, and walk backward. They can usually pedal a tricycle, catch a large ball, and jump with two feet.
Fine motor skills: By age 3, kids can usually wash and dry their hands, dress themselves with a little assistance, and turn pages in a book. Most preschoolers can hold a writing instrument with their fingers, not their fist.
Starts to understand emotions, both their own and others. Your child may use simple expressions such as “I’m mad!,” “I’m sad!,” or “I’m happy!” to let you know how they feel.
By three years old your child should be potty trained and able to use bathroom independently.
At this visit, your child should be fully up to date with routine immunizations. If the season is appropriate, your child may also receive the Influenza vaccine. Your child will receive another vision screening and in addition, they will have a finger prick performed to continue to screen for anemia (low iron) and a urine analysis screening.