However, when matters of development become more nuanced, parents need to be on high alert as differences between peer development become more evident. In many cases, time is of the essence and delays in identification and treatment of developmental differences or delays can impact long term outcomes. The reality is that parents have to find their own comfort level with their understanding of their child's growth, development and behavior. If something does not feel right about how your child's development is progressing, you must feel empowered to push for more information - even if the issues causing concern turn out later to be "absolutely normal" or "fine." Sometimes the discovery process is tedious - it might involve watching your child closely for an extended period of time, taking notes about what is going on and being persistent or even a little pushy with your child's doctor.
In order to raise awareness about what to expect as your child grows and develops, we encourage all parents to review the links below. Find your child's age level and review each area of development. As you go through the information, really push yourself to assess your child's true ability levels. If you are unsure whether your child is meeting all their milestones, take a few moments and observe your child closely. Take notes on what you see. If you find that your child is early or late on any of their developmental milestones, contact your child's pediatrician as soon as possible to get their feedback about your concerns. Talk to your child's teacher or other adults who spend time with your child to gather more information about your child. Take your child to the park and watch closely for their peer interactions. Inform yourself of your child's abilities and listen to your inner voice. If you do discover delays or differences in development, we want you to know that you are not alone.
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