Early Childhood Development Issues

By Jennifer Fidalgo
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Early childhood development issues can interfere with the growth of young children. Challenges in language, physical development, behavior, cognitive skills and social interactions keep young children from meeting important milestones that should be met within a set time period. Early childhood interventions help parents and children work on these challenges before the child falls too far behind peers.

Speech and Language Development

Speech and language development issues affect a young child's ability to articulate well and speak properly. Parents should discuss concerns about their child's capacity to form sentences, understand receptive language and use expressive language effectively with an early childhood specialist. Speech services and language exposure promotes communication development in young children.

Physical Development

Physical development issues affect a child's gross motor development and fine motor skills. Gross motor problems alter a child's ability to walk, run, kick and jump. A child with physical development delays may have poor muscle tone, lack strength or suffer from improper quality and range of motions. Fine motor difficulties affects the way a child holds a pencil, picks up an object or uses his hands. Physical and occupational therapists can help improve physical development issues in early childhood.

Emotional and Social Development

Emotional and social impairments concerns in child development affect coping ability, social interaction, emotional control and can cause impairments in school. These children often suffer from frustration when trying to learn new tasks. Adults that interact with children who suffer from early childhood issues involving emotional and social development should address the problem through proper role modeling, positive feedback and praise.

Behavioral Development

Early childhood behavior issues lead to challenging conduct in young children. These concerns cause difficulty in school and among peers. Often children display disruptive behavior in response to the way adults interact with them. Therefore, adults who work with challenging young children should change the way they respond to the child. Performing an extensive review of the child can help determine effective interventions.