Understanding Child Development
In order to determine if an infant or toddler is developmentally delayed or at risk for delay, it is helpful to understand normal child development and typical developmental milestones.
What is typical child development?
“Child development is a process every child goes through. This process involves learning and mastering skills like sitting, walking, talking, skipping, and tying shoes. Children learn these skills, called “developmental milestones,” during predictable time periods.”
To find out more about typical child development, developmental milestones, and typical developmental milestones, click on this link : How Kids Develop.
To learn more about specific developmental milestones in both English and Spanish and view videos about the importance of recognizing milestones, click here: CDC Learn The Signs, Act Early Developmental Milestones .
"Learn the Signs, Act Early" parent brochures
HRC has worked with the CDC to make the following "Learn the Signs, Act Early" documents available in our community, to provide parents with information about milestones, and tips for talking with the pediatrician about any developmental concerns they may have. You are welcome to download these brochures and share them with others.
- For an overview about typical developmental milestones, in English: "Track Your Child's Development/ Your Child’s Early Development is a Journey” .
- To see this overview in Spanish, click on "Siga de Cerca los Indicadores/ El Desarollo de su Nino es un Camino."
- For tips on talking to the child's doctor about development: "How to Talk with the Doctor/Como Hablar con el Medico."
- To view a growth chart: "It's time to change how we view a child's growth/ Es hora de cambian esta forma de ver el crecimiento del nino."
- A booklet on child development for parents (English): "Milestone Moments."
- A booklet on child development for parents (Spanish): "Indicadores del Desarrollo."