If your child is not cooing, smiling and babbling by three to six months, not responding to name and sounds in the environment and does not understand or wave bye-bye by six to nine months, then that is cause for concern.
In the first few months babies are learning how the world looks, feels and sounds in an ordinary context, so they don't "get the joke" when something's out of whack. Hence, a baby's first peals of laughter at around four months tend to be a response to arousal.
Music and movement are particularly important for children with developmental delays and or disabilities. In fact, based on recent research, various listening programmes with a careful selection of classical music is offered for children on the spectrum and with other developmental disabilities.
Tourette’s Syndrome can present solely as a movement disorder, or as a complex array of motor dysfunction and issues with behaviours. The condition manifests largely during childhood and is known to affect more boys than girls.
Changing or stopping medication without consulting the doctor can cause seizures to start again or make it worse. Although most children with early childhood epilepsy become seizures free by adulthood, they are at high risk for social and educational problems.
Children with Down Syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is highly recommended. It can begin at any time after birth, but the sooner it starts, the better.
Happy Father’s Day: Fathers do much more hands-on caregiving now than ever before — changing diapers, getting up at night, taking children to the doctor, prepping meals, feeding, sharing drop-offs and pick-ups, and helping with homework.