Children develop at different rates and in different ways. These differences in development may be related to personality, temperament, and/or experiences. Some children also may have health needs that affect their development.
The first five years are critical ones in a child’s life. The sooner a concern is identified, the sooner a child and family can receive specialized services to support growth and development. Parents, family members, and caregivers may have concerns about a child’s development and should seek help when needed. It is always a good idea for families to discuss any questions they may have with the child’s doctor. Caregivers should discuss concerns with families to see how best to support them.