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by Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.
This is a question that every parent and childcare worker asks when they notice something odd in the behavior of a little child. How can one best ascertain if a problem or delay really exists?
There are six important areas of child development to examine in order to determine whether a child is progressing at a normal pace. Below are some examples of age-appropriate skills to look for.
1. Movement (physical development)
2. Thinking and Learning (cognitive development)
3. Communication (receptive and expressive language development)
5. Relating to Self and Others (social and emotional development)
6. Self Care (daily living skills)
In most instances, parents and childcare helpers will find that the child is developing in line with these types of age expectations. In cases where the child does not appear to be progressing normally, you need to use more detailed resources to obtain a fuller appreciation of the child's current development.
One such resource is the nonprofit Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC), which created The CICC Discovery Tool to provide specific guidelines in which to evaluate a child’s development. The tool includes a comprehensive online questionnaire to fill out for children under 5 to get a good gauge on whether a particular child may have special needs that require professional attention.
Armed with the a developmental profile from a credible child caring organization, a parent or childcare worker is in a better position to advocate for the child and get the proper intervention and care to set him or her on the best path possible.
Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist and the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC). He is the author of a book on the Discovery Tool that contains the 11 age-specific questionnaires; his newest book, The Soulful Parent: Raising Healthy Happy, and Successful African American Children is available at ciccparenting.
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