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What factors influence child growth and development?

What factors influence child growth and development?

Genetic, epigenetic,: biological & environmental factors interact to determine developmental trajectory. Translational research, the study of how the latter 2 factors trigger physical & behavioral expression of both normal & altered genes, may reveal ways to modify pre- & post-natal environmental & physical factors for all babies' optimal development, as whole genome testing will soon be affordable for clinical use. ...Read more

Developmental Milestones (Definition)

Developmental milestones are normative stages that have been established for children. We know the approximate ages that kids begin to sit up, walk, talk, use the potty, and interact socially. Parents and professionals use these milestones to determine if a child is within the expected range of ...Read more


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How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

Comparison: These judgements are based upon reseach assessing thousands of kids patterns and generating statistical analysis. Then standard milestones are represented. Your pediatrician then compares your child's progresses to these patterns. ...Read more

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Child's height prediction calculator with bone age?

Child's height prediction calculator with bone age?

Use with caution...: ...As the simple number spit out by these calculators only tells a small piece of the story. But here's one link: http://growthcalc.Chip.Org/growthcalc. ...Read more

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Child height predictor based on parents and grandparents?

Child height predictor based on parents and grandparents?

Simple measures: Expected height from parent stature is equal to the average parent height (m+d/2) + 2.5 inches for males, -2.5 in for girls.Grandparent height is not used but may point to variations in accuracy of the method. This is only a basic predicted height. Some very tall or very short people come from normal sized parents, & a life's medical & nutritional issues can slow the growth of anyone. ...Read more

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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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What conditions cause delays in developmental milestones?

What conditions cause delays in developmental milestones?

Many causes of delay: There can be many causes for developmental delays. Examples of this would be prematurity, genetic conditions, exposure to drugs, alcohol, lead, or maternal infections. Lack of stimulation can also lead to delays, such as infants who are left in their cribs or infant seats for hours at a time with no interaction. ...Read more

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Will the child psychiatrist, pediatrician or child psychologist visit the child's school? 

Will the child psychiatrist, pediatrician or child psychologist visit the child's school? 

Yes: It is not unusual for a child psychologist, especially one who specializes in educational psychology, to visit a child's classroom to observe the the child, the child's interactions, and the learning environment. The need for a visit is largely dependent upon the diagnosis or suspected diagnosis. ...Read more

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Milestone for 0-18 months in personality development?

Milestone for 0-18 months in personality development?

Developmental mile-: Stones. Here is a cdc article about developmental milestones from birth to 12 months: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/infants.Html. ...Read more

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At what age a child speaks a language perfectly?

At what age a child speaks a language perfectly?

Difficult issue: Acquisition of understood speech and what you consider as "perfect" are separate issues. Most toddlers produce speech that is 50% understood by strangers at 2 , 75% at 3 and 95% at 4. Some blends and other issues can persist until school age. ...Read more

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Is autistic child able to grow into math genius?

Yes: If the teachers have a structured curiculum with the ability to be firm. Many austistic kids are "visual" learnerss. Avoiding long verbal instructions is diffucult. Reading with phonics. Autism is not an intellectual deficit-in fact nonverbal intelligence can be quite high. ...Read more

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Is sign language effective for nonverbal autistic children?

Sometimes: Each child with a diagnosis of autism is truly different from others. Some will respond well and vunderstand signing, others will not. Certainly worth a try. ...Read more

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Major developmental milestones to be observed in a 6 month old baby boy?

Major developmental milestones to be observed in a 6 month old baby boy?

Develop milestones: Six month olds are generally sitting unsupported (briefly), holding a cup/bottle, rolling both directions, babbling including consonants, responding to emotions of others, passing objects from one hand to the other, searches briefly for objects, and brings objects to the mouth. They should be sleeping all night and napping at least twice daily. ...Read more

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What is the normal language development trajectory for a child?

What is the normal language development trajectory for a child?

Upwards!: There will sometimes be little false starts, or sometimes a small step backwards as children learn new developmental skills, including language. But the overall trajectory should be up and up. Any significant, sustained regression in any developmental area (that is, a big step backwards) should raise concern and prompt a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

No: No, I have never heard of this in my 20 years of caring for children. Thanks for taking such an interest in your child's development and thanks for trusting in Healthtap! ...Read more

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What age should children smile?

What age should children smile?

About 1 month old: Babies begin to smile spontaneously at about 1 month of age. They begin to smile in response to your smile, face or voice at about 2 months of age. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between childhood developmental delays and IQ as an adult?

What is the relationship between childhood developmental delays and IQ as an adult?

See below: It would depend on the type of delay. Children with speech delay, gross motor or fine motor delays, will more than likely have no impairment of intellect. ...Read more

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How do growth chart percentiles work?

How do growth chart percentiles work?

Identify PATTERNS: Growth charts allow us to determine whether the trend or pattern of a child's growth is healthy. This is crucial, because individual measurements may be +/-, due to squirming babies or slightly different measuring techniques. While it's tempting to focus on individual measurements, this often creates undo anxiety. The big picture--over time--is usually what matters most. ...Read more

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Ritualistic behavior provide security for which age group? Is it toddler, infant, preschool or afolescent?

Ritualistic behavior provide security for which age group? Is it toddler, infant, preschool or afolescent?

Preschool: Usually it begins in toddlers and becomes more obvious in pre-schoolers. ...Read more

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What are the developmental milestones from 11 to 17 years old?

What are the developmental milestones from 11 to 17 years old?

Progress/independenc: We use developmental milestones largely up until age 4 or 5 to identify those with preschool deficits that can be helped.School then begins to challenge & identify those making progress toward independent thought & responsibility.The ability to master skill sets & accept responsibility for completing tasks at a peer equivalent basis demonstrates that process, . ...Read more

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Child Development (Definition)

Child development is the established norms for a child developing certain skills, such as sitting up, walking, talking, and making compromises socially. Parents and professionals refer to these established norms to see if a child is developing physically ...Read more