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Brainpower - November 2010
 Your Child’s Development 
As parents joyfully experience the wonder of their child’s “firsts,” they seem to constantly be asking one another, “Did you catch that on video, honey?” From first steps to first words, there seem to be a million opportunities to observe your child’s development. However, such observation of your own child does not often come without comparison to other children. It’s only normal to question your child’s development and want to ensure that they’re “developmentally normal.” 
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to determine what exactly is “developmentally normal.” Child development is defined as the process in which children experience changes in skill development during “expected” time periods called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are skills that children attain within a certain time frame. Learning to walk, for example, is a developmental milestone. Developmental delays occur when children have not reached such milestones by predictable time periods. Since children generally learn to walk between the ages of 9 months and 15 months, a child that hasn’t began walking by that time could be considered to have a developmental delay. 
Warning Signs of a Possible Developmental Delay
•	Stares into space, rocks back and forth or talks to him/her self more than other children
•	Has floppy or limp posture compared to other children of the same age
•	Appears to have difficulty following objects or people with their eyes
•	Talks in a very loud or very soft voice
•	Rarely makes eye contact 
•	Fails to develop sounds/words appropriate to someone at their age
As with many things in your child’s life, it’s never easy to determine what’s “normal.” The important thing to consider is that the early years of a child’s life are critical for social, emotional and cognitive development. If you’re concerned that your child may be experiencing a developmental delay, get your child tested. By formally assessing your child’s developmental skills, parents can gain the tools to ensure their child is healthy, happy and appropriately placed in school. 
Source: How Kids Develop
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Did you know?
According to the Administration of Developmental Disabilities, approximately 4.5 million people in the United States have a developmental disability — that’s roughly 1.5% of the population. 
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