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Doctor insights on: The Developmental Niche Modern Child Rearing

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Is there a critical age where kids develop their motor skills?

Is there a critical age where kids develop their motor skills?

This is a yes & no: In normal development babies nerves mature enough for the skill to emerge, baby has the requisite nutrition and freedom to move & a skill emerges in a specified sequence.The pattern is head to toe, central to out.If motor nerves were injured, other nerves may come on line for a skill to emerge but may be delayed. Therapy can bring out some but not all skills. ...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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Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Yes: We learn constantly by the environment and by those around us. Without relationships , we would not learn how our actions affect others. It is critical that infants and children have strong, stable relationships with consistent caregivers to promote normal social interactions. ...Read more

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What determines emotional and social development in children?

What determines emotional and social development in children?

Child and family: The easy answer is genetics, biology (eg, prematurity, illness) and environment (family and community).Parenting that uses consistent, well-defined rules, rewards and consequences appropropriate for the child's age supports emotional well-being. Parental involvement with interactive play, language, listening, reading and adult-supervised peer interaction supports social development, as well. ...Read more

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Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Possibly: We are slowly learning more about early developmental influences and how early impressions may be formed. Some of this can probably be reversed by changes in approach a later ages, but difficult to really assess accurately. ...Read more

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Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?

Latest findings on when brain development--especially executive skills--is thought to be complete in most young adults?

see below: Most studies indicate by age 25 or 26, in males, the final frontal lobe development is in place, especially orbital frontal areas. Does occur a few years earlier in females. ...Read more

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Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Some can: It depends on the level of the child's functioning, whether there is co-existing intellectual disability and whether the family qualifies financially. You can apply for ssi and katie beckett at the same time. If you are denied ssi for financial reasons, the federally -funded katie beckett program is based on the other two factors. The level of impairment is more stringent. ...Read more

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Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Certainly no help: Whether or not this constitutes mental abuse is probably a matter of degree and definition. The obvious question is why this conversation was begun in the presence of the children, and how it degenerated into an argument. Neither party appears to be acting like thoughtful adults, and the children will certainly not benefit from observing and then potentially copying this behavior. ...Read more

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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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Is the timing of developmental milestones the same for all children?

No: No, not all children attain developmental milestones at the same time. Don't worry if your child takes an extra month or two to babble his first words, or take her first steps. All babies are different and attain their milestones at their own speed. You should worry if several months go by without attaining a specific milestone, or if your child appears delayed in attaining multiple milestones. ...Read more

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Child 6 in sep has real aspects of development delay learning difficulties and delay in language by 2 years and development just over 4 years help?

Child 6 in sep has real aspects of development delay learning difficulties and delay in language by 2 years and  development  just over 4 years help?

Child : Needs full evaluation by the school, put it in writing and send certified to principal of the the school, requesting full team evaluation and IEP, for your child..they should be required by law within a certain timeframe to respond to you. You child would be tested in all areas and a special educational plan made ,best! ...Read more

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When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

Possibly, however,: Speech = articulation, the motor aspect of language. A child with receptive & expressive language delay" has impaired ability in comprehending language & in verbalizing ideas. Language is best learned from birth-5. Autism pre-k has 6 hrs. Of intensive instruction. Developmental delay pre-k has 2 1/2 hrs. Of instruction for children with various needs. Try the higher level of service first. ...Read more

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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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Is video game entertainment necessary for human development?

Is video game entertainment necessary for human development?

No: We have developed normally for thousdands of years before video games were developed. If you don't want your kids to play them, make that the rule of your home. ...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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Are the school fire safety program drills traumatic to kids?

Are the school fire safety program drills traumatic to kids?

No: It actually helps them to know what to do so they do not panic if sa fire would occur. ...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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Is a child with autism better off in public or private school?

Is a child with autism better off in public or private school?

Depends on level & $: Cold hard cash is usually the primary barrier to this debate. A child with autism does not necessarily change this discrepancy. Quality of education varies widely between both private and public schools in reality. Look for excellence in teacher training and high educational standards. ...Read more

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