Childhood Development

Devlopmental and Soci-Emotional/Behavioral Surveillance, Screening, and Anticipatory Guidance
Developmental and socio-emotional/behavioral observations by the health care provider can identify problems early so that additional comprehensive assessments and intervention can be initiated. Research demonstrates that early intervention maximizes the chances of improving outcomes. A careful review of a child's developmental and behavioral functions is necessary at each well child encounter.

Parents and caregivers play an important role in the development of children at all ages. Studies of children show that children do best if they have secure emotional ties with a parent or relative, and find a support system through school, church, or community. Helping parents and caregivers support children in their developmental processes and achievements becomes an essential part of each health assessment visit. Download Developmental Anticipatory Guidance for a summary of developmental milestones and activities to stimulate growth.
Resources
Redwood Coast Regional Center
Easter Seals
Lake County SELPA