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Infant Speech Development
Considerable: Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays. Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Transactional theory: of development fits with current knowledge of neurogenetics: a developmental trajectory is determined by the ongoing interaction of an infant with its physical & social environment. Chronic antenatal anxiety/depression can alter fetal brain development as much as postnatal depression alters infant brain development. Adult outcomes differ greatly in infants with enriched vs. adverse environments. ...Read more
Will growing up in an overly hygienic/sterile environment hinder the development of an infant's immunity system?
Hygiene Hypothesis: This hypothesis suggests that infants not exposed to microbes early on will not "shift" their immune system from th2 (allergy prone) to th1 (fight infections), thus increasing risk for asthma and allergic disorders. These infants will however have a fully functional immune system to fight infections as they grow. It will not suppress their immune function. ...Read more
Depends on parent: If during unemployment the child sees a parent continuing to function as a parent and role model, unemployment does not have to be detrimental to the family. Take the time to read to kids, do activities with them outdoors, teach them to get involved in the community by going with you to volunteer during your unemployed hours. By showing them you can conquer what life gives you,it can even be good! ...Read more
Yes: Infants need human contact and stimulation to develop and stimulate their brains optimally. Stimulation includes touching, such as holding, kissing, cuddling, tickling. This isn't happening alone in an infant carrier. Infant carriers should be used for what it says - to carry the infant from point A to point B and that's it. They are not a babysitter..... ...Read more
Possibly: It is possible. However are you talking about in your child, or in an adult? If it is a child, with speech therapy the speech can potentially return to normal or close to it. If it is in an older person, it may be more complicated, but speech therapy would be the best way to re-train your speech. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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