Parenting is not for the faint of heart! On a good day, the job leaves us with more questions than answers. During the birth to early childhood stage, many of those questions revolve around development. Is my child sleeping and eating like he should? Is he rolling over and moving like others babies? Is he making enough sounds? It is easy to get overwhelmed and become concerned. You know your child better than anyone else! This is the first part of a three part series to talk about steps to take if you have concerns about your child's development. The first step is to know what you should expect to see from a child the same age as yours. Check out the video or explore the developmental checklists below.
Baby Steps: Learn the Signs. Act Early.
Source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
Running Time: (4:32) Release Date: 9/22/2008
Early recognition of developmental disabilities such as autism is key for parents and providers. CDC realized the impact on families and invested in a campaign to help parents measure their children's progress by monitoring how they play, learn, speak and act.
CDC- Learn the signs. Act Early: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html
Easter Seals On-Line ASQ: http://es.easterseals.com/site/PageNavigator/ntlc10_mffc_homepageasq.html
Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia: http://www.infantva.org/Families.htm
Parent Education –Infant Development Program of the RACSB: http://www.racsb.state.va.us/EIscreen.html
If you still have questions or concerns about your child's development, the next step would be talking to your doctor or local early intervention program (or even better, both!) Part two of this series will talk about how to talk to your doctor or local early intervention program about your concerns. May is Early Intervention Month! There is no better time to act than now! Remember, Babies Can't Wait!