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Preschool child development and intelligence
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I am concerned about my child's development. When should I be really worried? What should I do?

Normal child development covers a wide range, likewise for motor skills, language development and social development. Therefore it is important to keep in mind that some children may achieve various development milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range. For example, a child may not speak its first word until the age of 28 months and yet still have completely normal physical, emotional and intellectual development.

Trust your instincts. If you have any child development concerns, ask your GP and your paediatrician to consider further assessment. Sometimes there are basic health issues to solve first, for example a hip dysplasia or a vision or hearing problem. A successful outcome can depend on early awareness of these issues. Preschool development milestones are particularly important.

Particularly gifted children tend to reach their development milestones early. Strong memory skills and keen observation of little things can also be an indication of a gifted child. These skills often appear before a typical child would show the same abilities. This may show in a sense of humour. Creativity and problem solving at a young age is another sign of a child who may be gifted

Consult your doctor if:

  • There is no eye contact after four weeks
  • There is no reactive smile at two months
  • The child does not sit at seven months
  • The child does not imitate activities at 16 months
  • The child does not walk at 16 months
  • There is no single word at 16 months
  • There are no two-word sentences at 24 months.
At Elsbeth's Doctors, our consultant paediatrician offers regular child health checks for all stages of development, throughout childhood and adolescence. We also arrange intelligence tests for children.

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