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Two to 3 ½ Years: these are big learning years before entering school. Children in this age group love to learn new skills such as coloring, counting to ten, saying the alphabet and trying to print their first name even if it just their first letter. They are always talking and asking questions, they are into everything and often think they rule the roost. Children need strict rules at this age and discipline such as time-out or loss of television time. This age group may become very frustrated because they cannot understand the rules of life and they may act out in defiance. They absolutely need guidelines and appropriate consequences.
What can you do when you know deep in your heart and from your own research that your child is not developing as well as he or she should?  The first step is a full physical from the family doctor and then a paediatrician for genetic testing and blood work. This testing would show up any familial gene reasons for a lag in the development. Once that is treated and acknowledged, then your child would qualify for resources in the community such as nursery school where he might have his own trained care-giver. Any language or speech problem would qualify him for regular visits by a trained speech pathologist to ascertain the problem and then a speech teacher would work with him to overcome that situation. If your child shows developmental delays, then he or she would qualify for an occupational therapist to come to your home to work with your child to involve him with fundamental issues such as tying shoes or eating at the table.
If your child is hitting these guidelines and is developing age-appropriately, then you are on the right track and you can rest assured that you have done a good job. However, remember that nature versus nurture is at work here and, if your child for whatever reason does not get past the two year goal post, then don’t hesitate to contact your paediatrician for a full consultation. The sooner you allow medical intervention to do a full work up and find the reason for the lag or the cause of falling behind in development, the better. Your child is the future of your world and of our world.

Irvine Childhood Development

                    Children are our greatest asset and the future of our country. We, as a community, must protect and raise our children with all of the resources we can muster. So, if children are so important to us, what is the focus of their development that we should be concerned with to ensure that they are being raised in the best possible environment?
First of all, every child is different and no two families are the same. Each child has a different gene pool from his or her parents, a different personality and trait pattern with which he comes equipped, and a different learning style for early childhood and higher education later on. No two children are the same, with the exception of identical twins, and that is up for discussion as well.
However, having said that, there are markers for the development of children from the time they are born that have been universally agreed upon and followed by health care providers and educators for many decades. This set of markers helps parents and doctors to determine if your baby, toddler and youngster is moving through the steps accordingly or, if there is a lag in development, how may they best help the child?
Here are the landmarks, the stepping stones for you, as the parents to look for when raising your baby. Remember though that every child is different and may not reach these goals for a month or a few weeks later than what is suggested. However, if a large gap is noticed and the child is not meeting the next step, please consult with your paediatrician for a follow-up visit:
Birth to 3 Months-begins to smile, follows your movements around the room, prefers to look at your face and any bright colors, finally discovers hands and feet, lifts up his head to figure out where a sound erupted, cries but is easily soothed when held and rocked. He or she will cry for food or if uncomfortable with a wet diaper.
Four to Six Months old- lots of smiles, only wants parents or siblings around, appears to listen and then react, laughing and gurgling, puts toys into the mouth, will sit up if propped, roll over, bounce up and down, reach and grasp for toys or other objects. There will be definite crying for tiredness, hunger or a wet diaper.


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Seven to Twelve Months- remembers some events and body parts, understands and listens for his or her name, says meaningful words and names, finds hidden toys, sits up, begins to crawl and pulls himself up to stand holding on to something, will be shy or upset with strangers.
One to Two Years: imitates everyone’s actions, speaks and understands ideas, loves stories and to be read, walks steadily and climbs stairs, claims ownership of own toys, starting to make friends, helpful around the house, lots of pretend play with a puppet or dolly.