by William Van Ornum, Ph.D. on
Now that preschool classes are under full swing, there may be some parents who wonder if their own child is keeping up with milestones.
A common reaction of all us may be to try to look at the bright side and call this a “stage” or something “that will be grown out of.”
Yes, it can be detrimental to label a young child as having a problem.
But yes, it can be even more detrimental to ignore a problem and lose out on helpful educational or therapeutic intervention.
If you have any concerns about your child, ask your preschool director, pediatrician, or school district where screenings are being held to assess any problems that can be addressed.
As a clinical psychologist, I have seen many children helped by these programs.