In my part of the United States it is really beginning to feel like Spring. Our flowers are blooming, the weather is in the mid 70's (f) during the day, and no one wants to be in the house at all. Everyone is headed outside to enjoy this great weather. Of course we have the days when it is rainy and that is the perfect time to enjoy working on some Spring Coloring Pages.
This is also the time of year when parents start heading out to parks with their children. Sometimes this is when we may first begin to see that maybe our child may not be doing the same things as other children his or her age. Or we notice that our child's behavior is very different in how they approach play with other children of the same age. The best and first thing to do if you have concerns about the development of your child is to consult your pediatrician. They can reassure you that everything is fine or direct you to wonderful local resources for evaluation and support if there are any concerns.
Do2Learn has an entire section dedicated to Disabilities on their website. The evaluation and identification process is explained in simple and easy to understand steps. During a time when parents are feeling overwhelmed with information this page will be a wonderful resource to assist them when they need to refer back to the process that they are going through with their child.
This Evaluation and Identification page is one that teachers, doctors, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, early intervention specialists, etc. can share with parents at the very beginning of anything suspicious going on developmentally. You will help empower the parents by giving them information that is clear and easy to understand.