When the name for this series was first proposed, it made me feel uncomfortable. After all, calling a child "normal" or "abnormal" is certainly incorrect. Each child is an individual, with unique qualities and personality. Yet, as I continued working on this series, I realized that this question goes straight to the heart of what we, as parents are concerned about when we consider our children's development. Each child presents us with new challenges and yes, concerns. But what we really want to know as we deal with our children is...IS THIS NORMAL? Do other children have these same problems? Do these problems mean that there is something "wrong" with my child?
In order to help answer these questions, in the next few months, we will be providing you with information in the following areas:
1. Guidelines for evaluating if your child's development falls within the range of normal development.
2. Who to consult with if your child is having problems in a specific area.
3. A definition of important terms.
4. Suggested activities to help you work with your child.
Each month, I will concentrate on a different area of early childhood development. Last month's focus was on the issue of Speech and Language Development. This month, we will examine the area of Early Childhood Physical Development.
We hope that this section will help you better understand your child's development and let you know what steps to take if you have any concerns
This series does not replace seeking the opinion of a qualified professional. If you are concerned about your child's development, seek professional help.