Friday 30 March 2012

Child Development

Growing Up On Track

Parents want the best for their children!  They work very hard to coax a baby’s first smile, steps and words.  But parents often worry about:

  • When children should master each skill
  • How to help their child learn tasks and skills
It is very important for babies and young children to develop and learn the skills they need as they grow up.  Many children need extra help in one or more areas.  IT is easier to correct or catch up on growth and skills when you figure out what your child needs as soon as possible. [[MORE]]How do I know that my child’s growth and development is on track? One tool that you can use to check on your child’s development is the Nipissing District Development Screen (NDDS) for infants and children up to 6 years of age.  This tool is available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.  It includes:
  • A checklist of skills most children can do at each age
  • Tips on what to do to help children learn
Where can I get this information?The NDDS is free-of-charge for people living in Ontario.  You can receive your copy by: 
  • Ordering copies at
  • Registering at to receive the tool by email
  • Calling the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744
How does the tool for checking child development work?Parents can use the tool themselves for their child or they can get help from a public health nurse, doctor, child care provider or Early Years Centre.On your own or with help, first answer the 12 to 14 questions about your child’s skills.  If you answer “no” to a question, think about why your child cannot do this skill.  Also, use the tips provided to do what you can to help your child learn.If you have questions about your child’s growth and progress, how to use the NDDS, or where to find help, please call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 | TTY 613-580-9656, visit or your child’s doctor. read more..

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