A child’s growth is more than just physical. Developmental screenings can help monitor a child’s developmental progress. Starting at birth, your child will begin to reach milestones in how they play, learn, act, and speak. Is she smiling and waving? Is he talking, crawling, or walking?
Milestones that mark a child’s development include:
- Communication: the ability to use and understand language
- Cognitive: the ability to understand cause and effect and to problem solve
- Social & Emotional: the ability to manage emotions and relate to others
- Motor: the ability to use large and small muscles for movement, balance, reaching and grasping
- Adaptive: the ability to engage in self-help skills like toileting, eating and dressing
Bringing a new baby home can be overwhelming. You may feel joy, excitement, fear or exhaustion. You will begin to bond with your baby. You may watch their every move to make sure they are breathing, eating, sleeping, and gaining weight. You will take them to the well-child check-ups where their health and physical development is followed. It’s exciting to be a new parent!