On Track: Keeping an Eye on Those Developmental Milestones

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I've been there.

Trust me, you are not alone.

As a parent, we all want our child to be perfect.

Are you wondering if your baby's development is “on track?” Are they developing as they should? You may be watching their response to you and others, their ability to grasp and focus on various objects, and their movements they make with their body.

Are you comparing notes with friends or family or observing your child in a playgroup setting?

If so, chances are that you are finding there are differences between each child's abilities and interests. Differences are OK.

The bigger question is: What is “normal” (or typical) development?

Although development varies from child to child, there are milestones which children typically meet at each age.

A recent statistic noted that nearly 1 in 6 children is diagnosed with some sort of behavioral or developmental disability.

The earlier that a delay is detected, the better support you can provide to your child.

Don't know where to start?

Here's one good place

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On Track: Keeping an Eye on Those Developmental Milestones

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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