Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Your Child's First Three Years



Children’s brains grow most rapidly in the first three years of life. Parents can support their baby’s language and thinking skills starting from day one! Read and talk with your baby, even if he doesn’t talk back yet. You are his first and most influential teacher - you will always know your child best.

Many parents can’t resist comparing their child to other children at daycare or in the neighborhood. Don’t worry – most children gain the skills needed to be successful in life, but they don’t all master skills at the same age.

Developmental skills or milestones happen over a range of age: sitting up alone 6-8 months; walking 12-15 months; and saying Mama & Dada between 9- 12 months. These are averages and some children may be younger or older. More information on development can be found on the zerotothree.org website where you can get updates regularly on what to expect based on your child’s age with suggestions of activities to help encourage new skills.

The Clinton County Health Department offers free developmental screenings the afternoon of the 4th Monday of each month on a walk-in basis. More information is available at www.clintonhealth.org/specialneeds

If your child is between birth and 3 years and you would like a formal evaluation, you can call the Health Department (518-565-4848) and request a referral to the Early Intervention Program (EIP). A no-cost evaluation by a multidisciplinary team can tell you if your child is eligible for services and supports through the Early Intervention program.

Services can be provided at home, at daycare or in the community. These services can help you and your family learn the best ways to care for your child, support & promote your child’s development, and include your child in family & community activities. Services are free, voluntary, and family centered. The purpose of EIP is to help you help your child learn and develop.

Parents and professionals working together to help babies and toddlers develop and learn. Call 518-565-4848 for more information on the Early Intervention Program.

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