Today I want to share a great resource for parents, caregivers, educators, doctors – really anyone who is working with young children. Probably one of the most common questions parents have, whether they ask it out loud, or just wonder about it in their head, is “How is my child developing? Is everything progressing the way that it should in terms of development?” The Nipissing District Developmental Screening tool is FREE and ONLINE. Sometimes as a parent we just need a little reassurance that things are “on track”, or perhaps we suspect that something is not quite as it should be. As educators and caregivers, this happens to us as well, and the Nippissing tool allows us to do a quick “check in”, and we can use it to track progress over an extended period of time. Here is a link to the site:
“Welcome to the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS), an innovative developmental screening tool for infants and children up to 6 years of age, to be completed by a parent or health/child care professional. Early identification is the first step in early intervention.”
Sometimes an intervention is a very simple change in the way we do things in order to build a missing or lagging skill, other times some assistance from specialized resource people can be required. Identifying potential gaps in development is crucial in the early years, because learning and development builds on previously acquired skills. For example, if one area is lagging, it can “snowball” into many more delays in development across multiple areas over time. Many times children just “catch up”, and the “wait and see” approach is not always a bad thing, but it is important to identify what you are “waiting for” so a reasonable timeline can be established (how long do we wait?). That being said, many “interventions” are simple to access and implement, not much different than an adult working with a personal trainer when you first join a gym and are learning and testing your own limits.
Tomorrow I will share information on different types of early interventions, and what is involved in accessing some of these services.