Does anyone know if there is an online developmental assessment tool for parents. A site where you could click the things your child is doing etc based on age and it would tell you if your should or should not be concerned with behaviors and/ore developmental issues? I found one for kindegarden readiness but nothing for child development. I completed the kindergarten one before my son entered kindergarten and it was immensely helpful. Our family is going through a huge change right now and I am concerned it is effecting my 1 year old and my almost 4 year old. I would like to make sure their development and behaviors are on track. Any ideas would be helpful. Thank you
There are several great sources on the web for information related to developmental milestones. Some of my favs:
The American Academy of Pediatrics -- http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/stages.cfm. Scroll down the page to the age range you are most interested in, and you will find great info on development for that age period.
PBS -- http://www.pbs.org/wholechild/abc/index.html. Has some good in-depth information on Physical Development, Social and Emotional Development, Thinking Skills, and Communication Skills. Just click on the area of development and then scroll down the page to find the age period you are most interested in.
Thelma, check out the Handle Institute. <br/><br/>When I look into my (paper) files, their child development guidelines are very clear and cogent, and relate to social and emotional development as well as physical. <br/><br/>You also might find a practitioner near you to talk to.<br />
I have also found that this links page (http://www.umaine.edu/eceol/guide.html) helpful in getting started on child development guidelines.<br />
Good luck - and don't worry too much. &nbsp;Your stress is contagious to them, and if you can calmly sail through life's troubled waters you will help them get back on course as well.<br />
I don't have children, but my brother has a four-year old, and he liked an article from Education.com which can be found here:<br /> http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Preschool_Years_ages/<br />
If the link doesn't work, you can find it under the "Is My Child On Track?" section of Reference Desk, which can be seen on the left side of the home page of Education.com.<br />
If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the article, under "References and Related Books," you will find some links that also talk about development in the first few years of life from one year old through the toddler age.<br />
Good luck!<br />
I forgot to add that the article is called "The Preschool Years (Ages 4 and 5)<br />
Expectations and Challenges" and it's from the NYU Child Study Center. Let me know if that's helpful!<br />
The good thing about technology nowadays is that it helps people, even in their education needs. A lot of schools today, like the keiser college are now offering online education to those who are interested.