Child social development milestones : Social Development

Child social development milestones

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Healthy Development

The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. Having a safe and loving home and spending time with family―playing, singing, reading, and talking―are very important. Proper nutrition, exercise, and rest also can make a big difference.

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Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (for example, crawling and walking).

Children develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a given skill. However, the developmental milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older.

As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with your child’s development, talk with your child’s doctor and share your concerns. Don’t wait.

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Developmental Monitoring and Screening

A child’s growth and development are followed―or monitored―through a partnership between parents and health care professionals. At each well-child visit, the doctor looks for developmental delays or problems and talks with the parents about any concerns the parents might have. In addition, doctors conduct developmental screening. Developmental screening is a short test to tell if children are learning basic skills when they should, or if they might have delays.

Children with special health care needs should have developmental monitoring and screening just like those without special needs. Monitoring healthy development means not only paying attention to symptoms related to a child’s condition, but also to the child’s physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.

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You could call your local Early Start

by poppyb

I think you can self-refer to that. I'm not sure about the one in SF county, in San Mateo County it's the Golden Gate regional center. They should be able to do a developmental assessment.
Another thing to consider is if your child is working on other things. My ds was a preemie, so he was a bit behind to start with. He was late w/ the developmental milestones, but way ahead on fine motor skills.
You didn't mention his receptive lang. development. I realize he's your, but does your child seem to understand some of what you say? You might also want to try incorporating sign language into your day

If you are concerned...

by mamavelt

If you are concerned that your child is not crawling at 9 months you need to ask yourself a few other questions...is your child social? reactive to faces and voices? is your child able to hold their own bottle? does your child reach for toys? roll over? pull to standing? combat crawl? track items visually? hold item in one hand and then transfer it to the other hand? make age appropriate noises...gurgling, cooing, babbling? You should also consider whether your child has any special circumstances such as health problems, ie prematurity, difficult pregnancy or delivery, slow weight gain.