Have you ever wondered how your child is growing and developing compared to other children of the same age? How do you know if your child is "on the right track"?
Your child is going through many physical and mental changes. Although no two children grow at the same rate, experts agree there are "normal" signs of development. There is, however, a natural progression or "timetable" for mastery of these skills for each language. The milestones are identifiable skills that can serve as a guide to normal development. Typically, simple skills need to be reached before the more complex skills can be learned. There is a general age and time when most children pass through these periods. These milestones help doctors and other health professionals determine when a child may need extra help to learn to speak or to use language.
Watch for the following signs in your child over a one-month period. Remember each child is different and may learn and grow at a different rate. However, if your child cannot do many of the skills listed for his or her age group, you should consult your pediatrician. If your child was born sooner than expected, be sure to deduct the number of months early from his or her age. A 5-month-old born 2 months early would be expected to show the same skills as a 3-month-old who was born on his or her due date.
You are the most important observer of your child's development. If your child has special needs, early help can make a difference!!!
By Asha Gopinath, Speech Language Pathologist
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