Concerned About Your Child’s Development? Don’t Wait

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    Concerned About Your Child’s Development? Don’t Wait

    Most parents have a few moments of worry about their child’s al progression.  Is he

    talking enough?  Why isn’t he walking?  Why does she alone at dates?  Usually, it is totally

    normal.   learn and grow at different speeds and most everyone is on the same track by

    kindergarten.  Having been on both sides of this issue – as a parent of a child with delays and as a

    pre special education teacher, I can wholeheartedly say two things:

     

    It is really when you think something (even something minor) could be wrong with your child.

     

    Don’t delay in getting it addressed.  Early intervention works.  

     

    There are lots of reasons that young have delayed .  If you are worried about

    your child’s , here are the steps to take:

    *Observe you child and write down your concerns.  Example: “When I call Charlie’s name, he doesn’t

    always respond.”

    *Try to remain rational.  al delays can be addressed.  Try to refrain from comparing

    your child to all the other in your group.  There will always be that parent that claims their two year old

    can read (not normal either and probably not really true).

    *Find a al checklist (here is a good one from the CDC, with videos).  There are multiple

    al domains, such as social/emotional , language , cognitive

    , and motor .  Do you have concerns about one aspect of your child’s

    , such as language?  Or are you worried about multiple things?  Example: Your child

    isn’t babbling or crawling.  Become familiar with the al domains so you can have an

    educated conversation with your pediatrician.

    *Listen to your childcare providers.  If your child’s pre teacher is voicing concerns, please listen

    and respond.  Trust me when I say that teachers do not want to do anything to worry you. If your

    child’s teacher has a concern, work together to get it addressed.  Have the teacher write down what

    she is concerned about and specific examples.

    *Call your pediatrician or and request an appointment.  When you get there, make sure

    you have your written list of concerns.  Be honest and try not to down your concerns.  Remember

    that your pediatrician only sees your child for around 15 minutes at a time.  Your input is needed for

    an accurate assessment, especially if your child is quietly sitting in your lap and the pediatrician isn’t

    seeing what you’re concerned about.

    *Remember that pediatricians want to make you feel better.  If your pediatrician is suggesting a “wait and see”

    course of action and you are still worried, insist on a visit to a al pediatrician or other

    specialist, such as a speech language pathologist.  You can also utilize your local early intervention

    network, if your child is a newborn to age 3, or public system, if your child is aged 3 to 6.

    Either will evaluate your child at your request.

    *If your child qualifies for any services, start as soon as possible.  Study after study have shown that

    intervening early in your child’s produces the best possible outcome.  My son had

    terrible speech issues as a toddler. Because of an anatomical problem with his facial structure, he was

    completely unintelligible.  This caused much frustration for him because nobody could understand

    what he was saying.  Tantrums were a regular occurrence, as was hitting and other aggressive

    .  It took three years of speech therapy to get him on track but now he is a happy healthy

    teenager and talks just fine.

    *Get as much therapy and intervention as you can.  It is perfectly fine to utilize

    therapists/services and also utilize private therapists.  My son received speech therapy at and

    also at our local university clinic.  He went three times a week for two years.  It was lots of  driving

    and waiting but the payoff was worth it.

     

    It is hard to think something is wrong with your child, but don’t bury your head in the

    sand.  Your job as a parent is to problem solve for your child.  There are many reasons for

    al delays and few of them are your fault.  More often than not, there isn’t a clear

    explanation.  The most important thing is to leave no stone unturned when it comes to the health and

    happiness of your child.

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