(Unit 8) Topic 1: The Whole Child
4 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Development of the Individual Child
Topic 1 Page 30
Though each child develops along a continuum typical child development will differ slightly upon that continuum. The average age for children to begin walking is around 12 months but some begin walking as early as 9 months or as late as 16 months. Anywhere in this range can be considered typical development. Understanding the developmental milestones along with the individual child gives you the best picture of that child’s development. It can be easy to fall into the rut of comparing one child to another as far as development is concerned, but this habit is not appropriate or beneficial.
Communicate with parents.
They are the child’s first teacher and are a wealth of information about their child’s unique needs and abilities.
Use milestones as a guideline.
As we have discussed previously, developmental milestones are a guide that should be used to help find an appropriate range for milestones to be met.
Document your observations.
Document everything that you observe whether there are signs of typical or atypical development. Your documentation serves as a tool to guide your interactions and planning for this child but can also help you focus on each child as an individual.
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