Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Track and Enhance Your Child's Development

Finding out I was pregnant was one of those moments I will never forget. As I stared at those two little pink lines my mind raced through all that this meant. I thought about what it would be like to bring a new baby home, to entertain a toddler, to watch my child leave for their first day of school. One thing I knew was that I wanted to be prepared. I wanted to know what to expect. I wanted to know what was normal.
Many parents worry about what is normal and what is not. When should a child start taking their firsts steps? How long will this separation anxiety last? When will my child start talking?

Answers to these and other questions can be found at parentingcounts.org. Their developmental timeline  addresses key milestones from birth to 5 years of age. Each milestone addressed falls under one of four key areas of development; physical, social, learning, and communication. Parents can click on the
milestones  they see to learn more information about the specifics of that checkpoint.


On the timeline parents can also find informational videos on the timeline geared towards enhancing their child’s development. Topics covered include everything from reading to babies to helping your children feel secure.

All of the information found on the Parenting Counts Developmental timeline and website is provided by the Talaris Insitute, an organization that provides parents and caregivers with reliable information to support healthy development.

Another great resource for parents looking to track their child’s development is the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a free developmental screening that parents complete themselves at home. The ASQ is a great tool to help parents learn about their child’s strengths and notice any areas of concern. This resource is offered through Help Me Grow and can be accessed through our website or through ASQ Online

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