Resources

Child Development

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Handouts are available in either print or digital format. Printed handouts are free to keep. Digital materials are available to download at your convenience.

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Lending Library - Books (5)

Lending Library - DVDs (4)

Handouts (5)

Online Resources (5)

Books

Building Your Baby's Brain
by Diane Trister Dodge and Cate Heroman
This new clearly-written booklet is packed full of illustrations and charts, and shows parents how to interact with their children to foster healthy brain development. Building your Baby's Brain includes sections on: prenatal care, teaching your baby about feelings, relating to others, and more.

Creative Play Activities for Children with Disabilities
by Sue Rappaport Morris and Linda Schulz
Practical ideas that parents will enjoy trying with their children who have disabilities. The 250 activities and games will help infants through eight year olds with all types of disabilities grow through play. (parents & professionals)

Help Me Talk
by Philip Eichten
A concise, easy-to-follow booklet. Ten speech & language stimulation techniques are discussed, including delaying responses to gestures, how to read books to very young children, self-talk, echo-expansion modeling, and communicating expectations. (parents)

Smart But Scattered
by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare
Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills - the core, brain-based habits of mind required to 'execute' tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. This book provides ways to assess children's strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential.

Touchpoints Three to Six
by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. & J.D. Sparrow, M.D.
This book offers a simple theory and plenty of sound advice to parents who struggle with their child's ever-changing moods and behaviors. The first four chapters provide material on five topics: temperament, learning, moral development, building relationships, and separation and independence. The second half of the book offers information for troubleshooting specifics like ADHD, computers, divorce, habits, sadness, and toilet learning. This is an excellent resource for those who support empathetic parenting.

DVDs

Five And Six-Year-Olds
21 minutes
Join Jack, Danielle, Kailee, Matthew, Isabella, Tyler, Natalie, and their friends to explore the child development at ages five and six. See five and six year olds struggle to learn the idea of fair play, co-operation, following rules, and taking turns. Learn that five and six year olds struggle to distinguish reality from make believe. Watch our young video stars arrange objects by color, assemble jigsaw puzzles, and make drawings that sometimes look like modern art. See them deal with basic mathematical concepts and learn to size up three-dimensional objects.

Is Baby Ok? Assessing Development
21 minutes
How can we tell if our child is developing normally in its first two years? Learn some of the basic developmental milestones in physical growth, personal and social skills, large and small motor skills, and language acquisition. Discover when to seek professional help to assess development, especially for potential problems in hearing and vision. Understand that speech is the most variable area of development. Learn to recognize key motor skill developments. See how symmetry of movement is important, and understand how even a baby rattle is a developmental tool. Learn how recently revised growth charts take ethnic diversity into account.

Things In A Day
30 minutes
There are lots of great things to enjoy every day -- from family and friends, to food and fun! Join John and learn all them. You'll discover things around your house. You'll learn important things: telling time, answering a telephone, buckling a seatbelt. Plus you'll do lots of fun things, too. Speech, labeling, writing, reading, sequencing, modeling, generalization, and association to objects, actions and concepts.

Toddlers: The Second Year Of Life
21 minutes
One-year olds sleep a lot. In their "spare time" they figure out how to use over six hundred muscles and embrace the scary task of becoming an individual. Physical, mental, emotional and social development intertwine as toddlers learn to move, think and speak in new ways. Watch our cast of toddlers struggle with the conflict between wanting to be independent and the desire to cling to the security of a parent. Learn about different personality styles and the role of temper tantrums in emotional development.

Handouts

Indicadores del Desarrollo (Milestone Moments: Learn the Signs. Act Early)
US Dept of Health/CDC
Puede hacerle seguimiento al desarrollo de su hijo si observa cómo juega, aprende, habla y actúa en general. En estas páginas encontrará los indicadores a los que debe prestar atención y la forma en que puede ayudar a su hijo a aprender y crecer. (You can track your child's development if you observe how he or she plays, learns, speaks and acts in general. In these pages you will find the indicators you need to pay attention to and how you can help your child learn and grow.) (Spanish)
Download

Milestone Moments
US Dept of Health/CDC
You can follow your child’s development by watching how he or she plays, learns, speaks, and acts. Look inside this handout for milestones to watch for in your child and how you can help your child learn and grow. (English)
Download

Stages of Development
Pathfinder Services of ND
This handy chart documents some common milestones in a child's development. (English)
Download

Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones
CDC
Your child’s early development is a journey. Use this map of milestones to know what to look for along the way. (English)
Download

Transition Wheel (Road Map to Success)
TAESE
The Transition Wheel is a road map to success for children, preschool through age 21. The Transition Wheel lists ideas for each grade grouping that should be considered during the transition planning process. These are particularly useful for: LEA Special Education Directors, Special Education Teachers, Parents, Related Service Providers, Administrators, and Students. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #182

Online Resources

CDC Milestone Tracker (Android App)
App/Software

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

CDC's Milestone Tracker (iOS App)
App/Software

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

Concerned about Development? How to Talk with the Doctor
Document

A first step toward getting help for your child when you are concerned about his or her development (how your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves) is to talk with your child’s doctor. Here are some tips for talking with your child’s doctor.

This file contains both the English and Spanish versions of the document.

Parent Toolkit (En Español)
Website

Esta guía lo ayudará a orientarse con el camino académico de su hijo desde pre-kinder hasta la escuela secundaria. Está diseñado para ayudarlo a hacer un seguimiento del progreso en cada etapa y apoyarlo. (This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.) Also available in English.

Parent Toolkit - A Web Resource
Website

This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage. Also available in Spanish. (También disponible en español.)

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