As a child with special needs, I didn’t go through the usual milestones, they didn’t apply to me, but it’s something children deal with and something all parents must help their children with.
It is important children are monitored by their parents to ensure they are growing normally and that they are meeting their developmental milestones, such as crawling, walking and talking.
Checking developmental milestones can be helpful in the early detection of problems. It is usually carried out through local GP services, and later through preschool and school assessments.
If there is a problem, early detection and early intervention can be helpful in minimising the impact on a child’s mental development. Checklists and charts are used as a guide to highlight what is considered normal for a particular age range.
It can also be used to highlight any areas where a child’s milestone may be delayed. When it comes to a child’s development journey all children are unique, so time frames may differ as they reach their developmental milestones.
Each child’s development will differ but unless a child is struggling to meet his or her milestones, all children will reach theirs at roughly the same time.