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Recognizing Early Warning Signs

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Recognizing early warning signs for childhood problems can improve your child's chances for a joyful and independent future.

Your child's pediatrician or health care provider should be a great source of information and advice. Make a list before your appointment if you're afraid you will forget to ask about something. Do not hesitate to ask for advice about any unusual behaviors, possible physical difficulties or any other concerns.

As your child develops, you can expect to see his or her skills developing each month. Your doctor often refers to these skills as "developmental milestones." Most parents get excited about major milestones such as when their child walks or says their first word. It is important to have an idea of when the milestones should be reached. If your child misses a milestone, you should tell your child's doctor — it might indicate a problem.

PLEASE, if you suspect your child may have a problem, don't delay. Contact your family doctor, public health nurse, or Easterseals in your area immediately.

As your young child develops, here are some simple signs to watch for that may indicate serious problems:

Seeing
If your child...

Hearing
If your child...

Moving
If your child...

 If you recognize any of these signs in your child, contact your doctor or a public health nurse immediately.

The following are common motor milestones. If your child is not able to do these things by the age suggested, it may indicate a problem that should be reported to your pediatrician:

Talking
Your child should...

Playing
Your child should...

Thinking
Your child should...

Moving
Your child should...

Using his/her hands
Your child should...

Living skills
Your child should...

If not, then please contact your doctor or a public health nurse immediately.

If you would like your child's development evaluated through your state's early intervention system, you can find the lead agency for your state and how to contact it through the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Web site. Or, contact Easterseals in your area to learn more.

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