A few weeks ago the Trinity Childcare staff attended a training hosted by HACAP. We really enjoyed the experience. One of the speakers was an ambassador for the CDC and ‘Learn the Signs. Act Early.’ This program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need sooner. The CDC is encouraging parents to track their child’s developmental progress, by taking note of developmental milestones.
What are “Developmental Milestones”?
Developmental milestones are behaviors or physical skills we see in infants and children as they grow and develop. The social, emotional and physical growth of a child has a direct affect on overall development. Working with your child to reach these milestones impacts their well being as a child and into adulthood.
All children will develop at their own pace. However, recognizing that your child is not meeting a milestone is important because, in some cases it could be due to an underlying developmental or medical problem. Delays can also be linked to vision, hearing or speech problems. While this is not always the case the CDC still recommends keeping track of these milestones because the earlier you catch these signs the earlier you can seek to proper help and resources. It is vital that a child with developmental delays are identified early. Although there is no cure or infallible treatment for the possible condition, many types of interventions have been shown to be of assistance if implemented early in the child’s life.
What can you do as a parent or caretaker?
The CDC has some great resources to help you determine if your child is on track with their development. The ‘Milestone Moments’ booklet helps you record and check for age appropriate milestones. For example; around 9 months old your child displays not only cognitive or physical signs of growth, but social and emotional as well. At this age an infant may be afraid of strangers, clingy with a familiar adult and may even have a favorite toy. This booklet also gives you tips on great ways to encourage and continue development. This booklet starts with 2 months old and goes up to age 5. The CDC offers these booklets for free on their website. We also have several copies, so stop in and see Celia or Stephanie if you would like a free booklet.