Saturday, May 16, 2009

Typical Development

Here is a question from a reader:

"I have a kind of odd question. My daughter is 15 months old and she always has to have something in each of her hands, usually it is more than one thing like a watch, comb, shoe, pen. Is this normal behavior? This is the first time I have been around a young child so I wasn't sure."

"It's hard to comment on a specific, isolated behavior with no direct history. Does this child "really" need to have something in her hands? What happens if she doesn't have something in her hands? Are there any other concerns about her development or behavior? That behavior is certainly a bit "unusual" on it's own, but not necessarily an indication of a significant problem. I would suggest that they bring these concerns up with their primary care physician, and then determine if a medical or developmental evaluatoin is indicated."
~Dr. Andrew Morgan, Developmental Pediatrician

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-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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