Podcast: Child Development Screening Part One
What, exactly, is child development screening (other than a free service that we offer to Washington families)? Stephanie is here to teach us all about it! This is part one, so stay tuned for the next episode when Stephanie and Emma dive into social and emotional development.
Help Your One Year Old Learn and Grow!
I am one.
By 12 months your child is likely into declaring, “me” and “mine.” They also are into opposites, probably in the form of whatever you are suggesting at the time! This is because they are learning that they are their own person, understanding their world around them, and how it relates to them. You can encourage social development through these fun activities that involve personal-social, problem-solving, and language/communications skills!
Clean Up, Clean Up: To work on your child’s personal-social skills, first gather a bin/box and child’s toys. Ask your child to help you clean up their toys, show them how to pick up each toy and put it in the bin. You can encourage your baby to help you by singing a song such as, “Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere, clean up, clean up everybody do your share.” This activity encourages your baby to help others, while teaching them that clean up after play is important.
Copy Cat: This activity expands your child’s problem-solving skills. You will just need you and your child. First, choose an action and try to get your child to imitate you. For example, clap your hands. When your child claps, say “look, you can clap too!” Try other actions such as touching your nose or sticking out your tongue. After each one, say, “you try!” Be silly and have fun! Your child will enjoy this repetitive activity for hours of fun.
Choices, Choices: This is an activity that engages your child’s language and communication skills throughout the day. Start your day by giving lots of choices to your child and continue to throughout the day. Ask your child, “Do you want bananas or strawberries?” while holding up each one to show them. You can do this with lots of things including toys, food, or clothes. This helps your child’s emerging language skills by encouraging your child to use verbal words. It also helps your child make connections between objects and words.
Prevention Matters: Vaccination and Developmental Screening Give Kids Best Start
Science implores us to never use the results of one study to make a claim. We use individual studies as calls for future inquiry, which is exactly how we ended up discounting the vaccine-autism connection: other scientists attempted to replicate the findings, and none could. So, what do we know about promoting optimal health in children? Health happens when you make a series of choices proven to have results. These choices include vaccinating as well as another priority at WithinReach: regularly screening children for developmental and behavioral concerns. Autism is a form of developmental delay. While we don’t know how to prevent autism, developmental screening is an accurate way to identify children with autism early, when interventions and treatments are dramatically more effective. In addition, screening is an ideal tool for teaching parents and caregivers about what typical development looks like and how they enhance development on a daily basis.
At WithinReach, we make the connections Washington families need to be healthy, and we don’t want parents to fall victim to false dualisms that create a cleavage between choices you need to make for your family to be healthy. When we focus on what we do know—in this case that vaccines don’t cause autism and that developmental screens create healthier kids throughout their lives—the outcome is a healthier and more vibrant community.