Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking, and researchers are beginning to understand how they do it.
Monthly Archives: November 2017
EHDI Guideline Adherence Linked With Improved Vocabulary
NCHAM Webinar Scheduled for December 7th
Register now for “What Can Newborn Hearing Screening Data Tell Us About Factors Associated with Loss to Follow-Up?”
CDC App Tells Parents When to Be Concerned About Child’s Development
The CDC last week released a free tool for parents who want to monitor their children’s developmental accomplishments — and learn more about where they may be falling behind.
Starting early: Why it’s so important
You’ve probably heard that the early years of your child’s life are the most important for building strong language skills. That’s because your child’s brain is developing extremely fast during this time, and he’s more open to learning and more receptive to enriching experiences than he will ever be.
Microtia and atresia awareness: what you need to know
November 9 was National Microtia and Atresia Awareness Day. Learn more at the link below.
Hear to Learn Tip
THINK ABOUT… It is important for children with hearing loss to strengthen their ability to listen to what someone is saying, and then remember what was said. This is called auditory memory. One way to strengthen auditory memory is through sequencing activities.
Sensations of Sound: On Deafness and Music
For those who are deaf, music is not just about sound. At age 20, Rachel Kolb received cochlear implants that gave her partial hearing. In virtual reality, experience how music felt for her, before and after.
CDC launches new Milestone Tracker app
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the launch of CDC’s Milestone Tracker – a free app for tracking every child’s development in a fun and easy way. This app adds to the popular suite of free, family-friendly materials available through CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.
“Skills like taking a first step, saying those first words, and waving ‘bye-bye’ are developmental milestones all parents anticipate and celebrate,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “This CDC Milestone Tracker app gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with their healthcare provider.”
The new app offers
- Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos
- Tips and activities to help children learn and grow
- Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about developmental delays
- A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers
- Reminders for appointments and developmental screening
Learn more and get information on downloading the app at CDC’s Milestone Tracker website. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Although it is packed with parent-friendly features, this app isn’t just for parents! Healthcare providers can use it to help with developmental surveillance as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and early care and education providers can use it to better understand their students’ skills and abilities and to engage families in monitoring developmental progress.