Read a roundtable with its founders here, or see new stories in the Human Interest section. How to identify the early by the end of early age the child forms of the developmental disorder. A few columns ago, while attempting to explain why toddlers do crazy things, I mentioned that my 21-month-old son likes to line up his toy cars over and over and over again.
A reader highlighted this habit in the comments section and asked whether I’d had my son screened for autism. Reading her comment, I realized that I had a lot to learn about autism. Sure, we hear about the disorder all the time in the media, but much of what we’re told is either highly controversial or total hogwash, like the idea the U. Once you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. Most babies and toddlers who go on to be diagnosed with autism display a lack of responsiveness or reciprocity. They may not coo in response to their parents’ coos.
They may not hold eye contact or point. They aren’t interested in playing peek-a-boo. They don’t seem excited when Mom walks into the room. Look at this awesome toy airplane!
This is where my son’s toy cars come into play. I’ll reiterate that autism is a spectrum of disorders, so many autistic children won’t show all of these traits, and some nonautistic kids may show a few. The other fact to keep in mind is that all autistic children don’t follow the same developmental trajectory. In bringing attention to autism symptoms, I also don’t mean to imply that autism rates are skyrocketing or that parents should somehow be expecting their kids to develop the disorder. What’s a concerned parent to do? Melinda Wenner Moyer is a science writer based in Cold Spring, New York, and is Slate’s science-based parenting columnist. Please forward this error screen to 173.
Young child playing in squatting position. Child development entails the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. There are various definitions of periods in a child’s development, since each period is a continuum with individual differences regarding start and ending. Promoting child development through parental training, among other factors, promotes excellent rates of child development. Parents play a large role in a child’s life, socialization, and development. Having multiple parents can add stability to the child’s life and therefore encourage healthy development. The optimal development of children is considered vital to society and so it is important to understand the social, cognitive, emotional, and educational development of children.