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Child Development

Children grow, develop, and learn throughout their lives from infancy to adulthood.

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Children usually acquire new skills during certain age ranges. For instance, most children learn to walk by the time they are 18 months old, though some start walking at 12 months of age.

These markers of childhood development are called milestones.

Developmental milestones can be categorized by the different skills they represent. Categories include the following:

A child’s ability to reach certain milestones is determined primarily by his or her genes. (It is inherited). However, the child’s environment (family, nutrition, family size…etc.) can also impact that pace at which a child develops.

Developmental Delay

A developmental delay is suspected if a child does not achieve a milestone within his or her age group. If children fail to develop properly they may be unable to reach their full potential. Developmental delays can have future negative effects on your child, which may lead to speech and language difficulties, behavioral problems and learning problems.

It is important to act early if you are concerned about a developmental delay.

Tell your child’s doctor or health care provider if you notice any signs of possible developmental delay. Healthcare professionals and parents can work together as partners to help children grow up healthy and strong.

What is early Childhood Intervention?

The intent of early child intervention is to lay a foundation, in conjunction with the family, to support infants as they grow and mature into healthy individuals. "Healthy" means the best possible outcome the physical, mental, and social functioning and well-being of an individual.