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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.

Link: https://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2017/11/02/cdc-app-tells-parents-when-to-be-concerned-about-child-development/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVRNNE5XUTFNVFl3TUdWbSIsInQiOiJGbldUUk5xakp0VWtNSENlYnN4NDV3VitZc2JHSlRQdVoza3ZNSUJ1K3U4WXc4N1NcL3VmcjA1c0FncE14V0VjZHNja2VBSjR3M2kzMHpQWFAyVWdVTDVqc2kzaVpxRGw3WTlxTk54QkFPbUVaWGxLMzNzc1hNeFArc3lTaG9LZEEifQ%3D%3D

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.

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones-app.html

Hear to Learn Tip

Most of what children learn by hearing words in context and matching them to meaning, children learn about the world around them. However, children with hearing loss will miss out on incidental learning if they cannot hear the key language in their environments. An area of language that often needs more careful and planned exposure for children with hearing loss is understanding and using comparative word endings (such as ‘er’ or ‘est’.
 
http://heartolearn.org/materials/docs/E28_Falling%20from%20the%20Sky%207.25.17.pdf