Milestones and Development
As a parent, you want to make sure your child is on target with developmental milestones and overall speech and language development. You have probably heard it before, all children develop at their own pace. Even siblings develop at different rates. While this is true, every parent still wants to make sure that their child falls within the appropriate developmental norms. There is certainly not a shortage of developmental charts out there. How do you know which charts are reliable? You can often find a variety of developmental charts and information on speech and language milestones from your pediatrician or primary care physician, daycare, pre-school, and in most educational settings. While most show commonalities, many may differ according to who created the chart, what curt-offs are used on the chart, what percentage of children fall "within the normal limits", etc. Needless to say, it can be a daunting task just comparing two charts that seemingly mean the same thing.
The information gathered under the "MILESTONE" tab contains information gathered from three major sources which I find credible and most up to date in the ever growing research based world we live in:
1) The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) which is my governing body as a speech-language pathologist. This is where all SLP's receive their clinical certification before they can begin practicing.
2) The American Academy of Pediatrics. This is a very comprehensive website dealing with all aspects of pediatric medicine.
3) The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) research goes far beyond medicine. It constantly researches child development in order to further the study of medicine.
However, as with any resource please use these charts and milestones with a grain of salt. Feel free to ask me any questions you have regarding information found on this site!