The Importance of Developmental Milestones
From birth to age 5, children reach important Developmental Milestones.
Why is it important to watch for these milestones?
While each child’s development is unique, an absence of a developmental milestone may signal a problem with the child’s development in that area.
The earlier developmental delays or disorders are identified and treated, the better the outcome for the child will be.
Why is that? Because young children’s brains are growing incredibly quickly!
A newborn’s brain is about 1/4 of the size of an adult brain, but by age 3 the brain as grown to 80% of adult size, and by age 5, a child’s brain has reached 90% of brain development occurs by age 5. This development is activity-dependent. That is, a child’s brain development is shaped by the experiences the child has during this time. Check out this article on the Zero to Three website for more detailed information on brain development.