Andrew Castro
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Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping). In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Rolling over, crawling, walking, and talking are all considered milestones. The milestones are different for each age range. There is a normal range in which a child may reach each milestone. For example, walking may begin as early as 8 months in some children. Recent brain research indicates that birth to age three is the most important years in a child's development.



Typical development will give generic progress of the child compared to peers of the same age. Atypical development occurs when the child appears to lag behind or is way ahead of same-age peers in any of the different skills. You can learn how to recognize the differences between typical and atypical development. For example, about half of babies can walk by their first birthdays. But walking any time between 9 and 16 months is considered normal.

Developmental milestones are only guidelines. Your baby's health care provider will evaluate your baby's development at each well-baby visit.Skills such as taking the first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. By the end of their first month, most babies raise their head and chest when lying on their stomachs and support their upper body with arms when lying on their stomachs. At age 6 months, your baby should be more coordinated, start to respond to particular words, and have a better sense of the world around them. 

Smiling, crawling, manipulating objects, walking, self-care, and talking are examples of developmental milestones that provide valuable insight into a child's development. Most children develop skills in similar patterns and at similar times. Normal processes of development are genetically preprogrammed and subject to social and emotional influence.



Occasionally, development does not follow the usual pattern; this results in what is termed atypical development, or development that is not typical of the human species. Atypical development means development that is unusual in its pattern, is not within a normal developmental milestone, and adversely affects the child's overall development. Atypical development occurs when the child appears to lag behind or is way ahead of same-age peers in any of the different skills.

You can learn how to recognize the differences between typical and atypical development. This will help you to identify potential issues that may benefit from early intervention. The absence of reciprocity, lack of sharing enjoyment or interests, problems with joint attention and apparent disinterest in parents or other children are also concerning atypical characteristics of social development.

Other examples include intense separation anxiety, unusual fearfulness of people, and extreme shyness. Unusual eating habits, abnormal sleep patterns, temper tantrums, and aggression toward self and to others are among the most common of these abnormal behaviors. Doesn't seem to respond to loud noises. Doesn't follow moving objects with eyes by 2 to 3 months. Doesn't smile at the sound of your voice by 2 months. Doesn't grasp and hold objects by 3 months. Doesn't smile at people by 3 months.

Atypical development can manifest in different ways, especially in children. There can be physical delays or cognitive dysfunctions, and there can be social or emotional manifestations. Atypical development in children can cause learning challenges and difficulty with social interactions. Developmental delays are usually caused by a variety of life-long conditions categorized as developmental disabilities (DD). Developmental disabilities include Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and cerebral palsy, all conditions also referred to as special needs.

It's possible that your child will outgrow a developmental problem on their own. But, with help, your child is more likely to reach their full potential.

Learn how you can be an Ideal Parent: Positive And Successful Parenting by reading this blog. Learn also what is the Importance Of Socialization For Babies

Does your baby grows normally or you've noticed any signs that fall under atypical development? Let us know in the comment section below!

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