“The CDC changed and lessened important developmental milestones…”
Developmental milestones, especially in the first year, are very important! When kids don't meet their milestones it's a red flag. Most therapists agree that early intervention is key.
Recently, the CDC has changed its milestone checklist from what 50% of children can do within a certain time frame to 75%.
This comes at a time when ADHD, dyslexia, behavioral challenges, autism, depression, anxiety, developmental delays, learning challenges, sensory processing issues, and much more are increasing.
By lowering the bar, we are not helping. We are going to miss the kids. Parents don't know what they don't know and trust their doctors and therapist to help guide them.
My heart hurts for how I think this will affect so many kids and parents.
In the Melillo method, Dr. Robert Melillo teaches optimal ranges for milestones he has found through his years of research.
There is a developmental blueprint, and knowing what to do when a child goes off course can and will change the trajectory of their life.
We think kids are resilient, but take a look at the adults around you. 1 out of 5 will have a mental illness this year. Over half will have a mental illness at some point in their life. The kids are not all right, and neither are a lot of adults.
****This is my opinion