A common concern that most parents have is whether their children are developing normally. This is especially common when you are looking at the development of other children and wonder if your child might need to catch up. It's always a good idea to take your child to a specialist so you can know what you can do to help.
All Children Are Unique
It's important to understand that every child is different and comes from a unique background and set of circumstances. Also, what is considered to be normal is part of a range. For example, a child is not expected to be speaking in sentences by a specific date but there is instead a range in which the child would be expected to begin speaking within.
However, whenever you are concerned about your child's development, you should still speak with their doctor and they might be able to address your concerns. There might be a real issue that must be addressed and your child might benefit from preventative care.
Look for Child Development Programs
Your state might have an early intervention program. If this is the case, you'll want to schedule an appointment so your child can be evaluated. This can then be used to determine whether your child might be eligible for the program and you can also learn more about your child.
All children should undergo a developmental screening by specific dates. These screenings are carried out with standardized tools that can be used to perform objective measurements. One example of a measurement tool is a questionnaire that you could answer.
After your child has been evaluated, you will want to ask for a referral. They will direct you to a specialist who will be able to perform a much more in-depth evaluation of your child. Your child might need to see a neurologist, a psychologist, or a developmental pediatrician.
Talk to Their School
As your child grows older, you'll want to contact them for help when addressing any developmental concerns. If you don't know who to speak to when having your child's psychological needs evaluated, you will want to speak with the educational director of your child's school.
Acting early is very important because your child is more likely to have a better outcome the sooner you intervene. For example, if your child is struggling when speaking, there are services available that can help them achieve fluency faster.
Contact a local child development service to learn more.