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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Q & A on Early Development

What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder? - My child has just been diagnosed with "pervasive developmental disorder/autism spectrum disorder." Read More

I am concerned about my child’s development. Who do I talk to about my worries? - Parents' concerns about their children's development should be taken seriously. A developmental screening or evaluation can determine whether your child needs more in-depth testing (assessment) or if his development is within the typical range. Read More

My baby is 8 months old and isn’t crawling yet – is this typical? - As long as your child is showing an interest in exploring her surroundings, there is usually no reason to be concerned about her development. Most babies start to crawl between 6 and 12 months. Read More

We have a 10-month-old. Is that too young to get a dog? - I am not sure there is a "best" time to get a dog. What I do know is that growing up with a pet can be an incredibly valuable and rich experience for a child. Read More

How can I tell if my two-year-old gifted? - It is hard to determine whether a 2-year-old is gifted since development in the early years unfolds unevenly. Some children may be quick to master language and counting, but slower to develop physical skills. Read More

I am concerned because my 3-year-old son, who until recently had great language skills and talked really clearly, has started to stutter. How should I handle this? - It can be confusing and worrisome to parents when they hear their child begin to stutter, especially when he or she had previously been speaking very clearly and smoothly. But in fact, stuttering is not uncommon between the ages of 2 and 5 as children learn to put sounds and words together to form thoughts and phrases. Read More

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