Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

  • Development Objective

    Rationale

    The physical maturation and intellectual, social and motor development of the child follow predictable patterns, and provide the physician with a good indicator of the child's health and neurologic function. The clinician must be familiar with normal patterns of development in order to detect deviations which might be the first sign of a medical or psychological problem.

    Objectives

    • Summarize the key developmental characteristics of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children and adolescents
    • Demonstrate the ability to interpret the Denver Developmental Screening Test 2
    • Identify the key developmental characteristics of mental retardation and cerebral palsy