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Watch for Signs of Speech or Language Delay

Finding and treating problems early is the best way to help a child with language delays.

Review Date: April 23, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Milestones: Your Baby at Two Months

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 2 months. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about your child's milestones and what to expect next.

Review Date: March 22, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Milestones: Your Baby at Six Months

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 6 months. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Review Date: May 11, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Milestones: Your Child at One Year

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 1st birthday. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Review Date: March 23, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Milestones: Your Child at Two Years

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 2nd birthday. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Review Date: March 23, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Milestones: Your Child at Three Years

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development.Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 3rd birthday. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Review Date: March 23, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Milestones: Your Child at Four Years

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 4th birthday. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Milestones: Your Child at Five Years

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 5th birthday. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Developmental Milestones (video)

Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move. Learn how to look for developmental milestones and what to do if you’re worried about your child’s development. This text and video describes normal child development from 2 months to 5 years of age.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Adventures in Parenting

These RPM3 guidelines aren’t meant to be just another parenting “how to,” telling you what to do. RPM3 does more than tell stories about what people think about parenting, it incorporates 30 years of NICHD research to tell you what really works.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NICHD

Being Tested for LD (Learning Disability) in Adulthood

This fact sheet outlines three key steps to finding out if you have a learning disability. The evaluation should provide direction for employment, education and daily living, and should make specific recommendations for learning strategies that may be the most helpful to you.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Building Resilience in Children with Challenges

Children with learning disabilities lack the language,motor, and memory skills to easily negotiate everyday life, and can quickly sink into a defeatist frame of mind. This toolkit of values and strategies is designed to counteract the failure-focused attitudes commonly experienced by children with learning disabilities.

Review Date: September 12, 2012

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Child Development

Find the latest news, videos, research articles and more on the topic of child development.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Child Development: Middle Adolescence (15-17 years old)

This document discusses developmental changes that take place in adolescents and offers positive parenting tips for healthy child development.

Review Date: February 24, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Child Discipline

Many child development and child welfare professionals believe that spanking, hitting, or slapping is not effective and is damaging to the self-respect and self-esteem of children.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

American Humane Association, Children's Division

Creating a Reader-Friendly Home

A home filled with reading material is a good way to help kids become enthusiastic readers. What kind of books should you have? Ask your kids about their interests. If they're too young to have a preference, your local librarian can offer suggestions about age-appropriate books.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

CYFERNet: Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network

If you're a professional serving children, youth and families or a parent with your own children, find high quality, research-based youth and family resources from the Nation's Leading Universities

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA
USDA

Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Find out what developmental milestones to look for at different ages.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Growth Disorders

A growth disorder means that a child has abnormal growth — for example, growing much slower or faster than others the same age. Fortunately, many of these growth disorders can be successfully treated today.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet

Too much screen time can have unhealthy side effects on your child. Learn why it's wise to monitor and limit the time your child spends playing video games, watching TV, and playing games on the Internet.

Review Date: March 21, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Helping Your Child Series - U.S. Department of Education

These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help school aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Department of Education

Infant and Newborn Development

Learn about newborn and infant development. Remember that babies do not develop at the same rate. There is a wide range of what is considered "normal."

Review Date: January 16, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Is Your Child Positioned for School Success?- (PDF)

Find tips from occupational therapists to improve your child's ability to use computer time effectively, finish homework successfully, and develop social skills appropriate for learning.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

KidsHealth for Kids

KidsHealth has doctor-approved articles, animations, games, and resources to help kids learn more about their bodies and stay healthy.

Review Date: October 14, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Little People of America Medical Resource Center

The LPA Medical Resource Center (MRC) is the official site for medical information about dwarfism (conditions of short stature). The MRC provides public access to the latest and most accurate medical information available about dwarfism and its associated conditions.

Review Date: April 14, 2011

Little People of America, Inc.

Look What I Can Do!

This activity book reinforces positive, healthy choices for children age 5 to 6. Suitable for parents or educators, features the Building Blocks for a Healthy Future characters in a story that encourages children to read, learn to solve problems, and make healthy decisions.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Publications

NICHCY's publications are all available for free and cover the many topics related to children and youth with disabilities.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The Period of PURPLE Crying - A New Way to Understand Your Baby's Crying

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the point in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time. Parents will learn about the normal crying curve, how to cope when emotions run high, and the dangers of shaking a baby.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

In key ways, the adolescent brain doesn’t look like that of an adult until the early 20s. This article explores some of the puzzling contradictions of the teen years, such as the fact that many teens achieve their peak performance in health and mental capacity, yet are prone to accidents, violence and substance abuse.

Review Date: February 22, 2013

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Toddler Reading Time

Find out why reading to your toddler is important.

Review Date: March 07, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Understanding Your Child's Behavior

All parents struggle with some of the things their children do. While there is no magic formula that will work in all situations, it is helpful to understand the kinds of issues that impact a child's behavior.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Child Welfare Information Gateway

What are Learning Disabilities?

A learning disability (LD) is a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to receive, process, store and respond to information. This fact sheet provides an introduction to LDs in general and how they affect people at different ages.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Center for Learning Disabilities

What Is Lekotek?

Lekotek makes the world of play accessible to disabled children through special play and learning centers where they can have fun with traditional and adapted toys, books and computers.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

National Lekotek Center

What to Expect and When to Seek Help- (PDF)

The Bright Futures developmental tools offer a framework for providers and families to begin a conversation together about how best to support healthy social and emotional development in children and teens. Checklists are provided on developmental milestones.

Review Date: March 07, 2012

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

Zero to Three: Free Parent Brochures and Guides

This page offers brochures on nurturing your child's healthy development, early literacy and language development, and more. Many brochures are available in Spanish as well.

Review Date: March 15, 2011

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families