Child development can be described as the various stages of physical, social and psychological growth that occur from birth through to adulthood. As children move from being dependent on their parents to being fully autonomous, they learn and develop essential skills, behaviours and knowledge.
Child development milestones are a defined set of tasks that children should be able to each at each age. While each child progresses at a different rate the milestones are a good way to track your child’s development. They can be helpful to spot any issues that may occur.
Zoom Boom Kid’s products and programmes are created with child development milestones very much in mind, particularly as it relates to physical functioning. We want to ensure that our games and activities are age appropriate and help parents, teachers and coaches improve their children’s skills and abilities.
Read more about child development milestones at Kids sense, www.childdevelopment.com.au. They have wonderful charts and checklists to help you assess your children’s development.
Difficulties in Child Development
There is a huge range of emotional, intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties children and adults can experience stemming from childhood. Some, like autism or ADHD, are more widely known and have concrete interventions. However, delays in physical development are often not identified or treated appropriately due to their subtle nature.
Dyspraxia or Development Coordination Disorder is a physical development disorder that can significantly effect a child’s play, shool and daily living. Dyspraxia is a specific coordination disability developed in childhood resulting from poor processing of information in the brain. It is also known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) and in the past has been referred to as ‘clumsy child syndrome’.
Dyspraxia is diagnosed when a child has unexpected difficulties doing activities involving coordination and movement. These difficulties may be in play skills such as riding a bike, playing ball games; in daily living skills such as buttoning shirts, using a knife and fork; or in school activities such as writing, art and crafts and P.E.
Check out our Zoom Boom Blog for more information on managing Dyspraxia in children.