When you think of your child and how he or she is growing, you notice things like how soon he or she smiles, sits up, rolls over, or how well he or she walks, talks, holds a spoon, and feeds him or herself. Children learn naturally during this time, by doing, by watching you and/or other children, and by being taught how to do different things. Because you know your child so well, you might notice that he or she is growing or developing differently than a cousin, brother or sister at that age. What you are noticing are changes in different developmental areas. The five primary developmental areas are:
- Physical development-child’s ability to move, use finger skills, see and hear
- Language and speech development - child’s ability to understand language and ability to talk or express need
- Social and emotional development - child’s ability to relate to others
- Self-help (adaptive) - child’s ability to eat, dress, and take care of themselves
- Cognitive development - child’s ability to think and learn
While all children grow and change at their own rate, some children can experience delays in their development which can be cause for concern.
If you are interested in making a referral or have an inquiry about Early Intervention services for a child birth to three years old please contact the Centre County Early Intervention Program at 814-355-6786. Referrals can also be made by calling CONNECT at 1-800-692-7288.
For children within 45 days of turning 3 years old, please contact the Central Intermediate Unit #10 Central Intermediate Unit Website at 1-800-982-3375.