Here is a one page handout by the FIRST WORDS Project delineating language and communication milestones from 9 to 24 months of age in 3 month intervals. It was designed it to be given to parents and childcare and healthcare providers.
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What is FIRST WORDS Project? It is a model early identification and intervention program based in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University. This is one project worth emulating.
Nonetheless, going through their website would already give us a myriad of information on why early identification of communication delays is so important.
A child’s level of communication development may be the best indicator of a developmental delay.
FIRST WORDS Project
In the US, Reach Out and Read (ROR), a national non-profit organization, promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms. Wish we have it here in the Philippines.
And YES, ROR is here indeed! Dr. Carmen Ramos-Bonoan, the National Director of Reach Out and Read Philippines was so kind to provide us with this information.
Implementation of this program to promote early pediatric literacy was started by the Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association in 2007, and is currently in 3 hospital pediatric outpatient clinics in Manila (1) and in Quezon City (2).
Thank you Dr. Ramos-Bonoan. Let us know how we can support you. Our next wish then is to have ROR all over the Philippines. One wish at a time. 🙂
Featured below is the ROR Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy which provides guidance for parents and doctors on appropriate book-related behaviors for ages 6 months to 5 years.
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The “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Campaign of the US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) has an interactive tool for parents that allows us to view how a developmental milestone category (social and emotional, cognitive, or language) changes as a child grows. First Signs, one of the contributors for this campaign, has this to say about acting early.
Parents are in the best position to observe and report what their child is doing. Be confident that you know your child better than anyone else. Trust your instincts. When you child’s development worries you, don’t be afraid to describe these concerns to your child’s physician. And don’t wait. Developmental delays only develop further. Remember, you are your child’s best advocate. By expressing your concerns to your child’s physician, you take an important step toward ruling out or in what your child may have. The sooner you can identify a developmental delay, the sooner your child can receive appropriate intervention to improve the situation.
Also, here’s a CDC video emphasizing the need to act early.