It is about time to change our perception of a child’s growth and development.
Most parents measure development with physical growth and consider it as holistic development. They completely fail to see other milestones in a child’s growth. There are definite milestones a child should achieve in 5 years after birth.
Delay in achieving any of these milestones in speaking, playing, learning or behaviour may be a vital sign of a developmental problem. A reassuring factor is, if these developmental problems are found in an earlier stage, corrective actions can be taken, and the child can still attain their true potential.
Developmental domains in early childhood include,
- Physical and motor
- Social and emotional
- Approaches to play and learning
- Communication, language, and literacy
- Cognitive development
Nowadays, the incidence of Speech and hearing problems are increasing with or without permanent disabilities. However, Parental awareness about the importance of early detection and intervention is still very low.
90% of a child’s brain development happens before age 5. So, this is the ideal time for an intervention. Early intervention can prevent children from falling behind developmentally, academically and socially.