Parents typically remember the first time their child rolls over, crawls, walks, talks - but there is so much in-between; the "little" steps that lead to the bigger ones. There are many charts that describe "typical" development in the areas of communication, fine and gross motor, cognition and social & emotional. Having quick access to specific information contained in developmental charts and documents, can enable parents to learn more about where their child's development fits in. Having this information can assist families to be both a teacher and an advocate for their child. Using this information lets families:
- Learn how vision or hearing work, the stages and what visual or auditory information they may need to "fill in" for their child.
- Learn how to tell a doctor what they are NOT seeing in their child's development.
- Be able to ask questions based on general knowledge of development. This could relate to areas other than vision and hearing. For example, if a child has CHARGE, often he/she may be a delayed walker.
- Understand the infant/toddler's need to communicate and perhaps realize that he/she is using his hands and fingers to babble just like a "typical" child might.
- If a child who is deafblind is not reaching out and grasping and developmentally he/she should be doing that, there are ways in which parents can guide him/her; perhaps by reaching out to the occupational or physical therapist.