Reaching age appropriate milestones such as a first smile, waving goodbye, rolling over, crawling, walking and first words are all important skills in a child’s development.
Young children achieve these milestones through important interactions with adults and socialisation with other children which helps them to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. At times a child can experience delays in achieving age appropriate milestones which can influence the way they develop skills in one or more of the five domains.
For example, delayed speech development would impact a child’s cognitive skills and play a part in their language development. Other times a child may already be diagnosed with a condition which can impact their ability to learn at the same rate as their peers.
Learning difficulties such as dyslexia, auditory processing and language delays, can affect a child’s ability to grasp new skills and concepts. However this doesn’t mean they can not learn, it means they learn differently and need a range of varied approaches and strategies for learning to occur.