Developmental Milestones

Your child’s growth is more than just the physical growth. At the start of birth, children grow, develop, and learn throughout their entire lives. How your child plays, learns, speaks, and behaves tells a whole lot about how your child is developing. Since your child’s brain gets programmed by their sensory system and the sensory stimulation they receive, many times a child who has sensory issues does not reach or has trouble reaching the appropriate developmental milestones. For example, this can include skills like taking their very first step, smiling when someone smiles at them, or waving “bye bye”. These milestones are reached through sensory input from playing, learning, speaking, and behaving. But, they become quite a difficult task for your child if they have autism or any sensory struggle. Movement is the main factor for a milestone development. Crawling, walking, or running become difficult if your child has trouble with coordination. A developmental delay in your child’s growth is not something they can “grow out of” on their own, they need advanced help.

Sensory processing issues aren’t something many can physically see or identify. Your child’s brain is a vast and misunderstood organ. Many forget that the brain is the powerhouse of the body. The brain tells every little cell, tissue, nerve, etc. what to do and how to react. So, when there is an imbalance in the sensory system it can affect your child’s entire body. Essentially, it can affect how your child functions, how they develop, and how good their overall quality of life is. Sadly, not many are educated on sensory issues so, one can only expect certain signs of sensory issues to be overlooked. Often times, children do not receive care until there is more than enough concern from the parent or educator, which, can take quite some time. That is why it is important to start assessing your child right away and start paying attention to the developmental milestones. The neurological dysfunction that occurs with sensory issues begins in the proprioceptive aspect of the sensory system most times. As we know your child’s brain and spine interconnect and communicate. Your child’s brain responds to over 80% of sensory input from movement of the spine. You can imagine how important that major sensory input is for brain development. At Radiant Life we correct that 80% of sensory input in order to benefit your child in the long run and make therapies even more effective!!!

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