As your child grows and develops, you should notice that they start to follow your lead. As an infant, this may be as simple as breastfeeding. When your baby is older, they will begin to mimic small actions, such as using utensils to eat. Problem solving skills evolve with time, from imitation as a toddler, to trial and error as a preschooler, to language and abstract thinking skills as a kindergartner.
If you notice that your child’s problem-solving skills aren’t at the same level as other children of the same age, there is no need to panic. Some skills may develop faster than others, but it is important that you closely monitor your child’s development.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, call Delaware’s 2-1-1 Help Me Grow hotline to be connected with a child development specialist who will be able to listen to your concerns, answer questions, and connect you with resources. Help Me Grow also supports the use of the Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) tool for developmental screening at 9, 18 and 30 months of well-child visits including the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire tool in early child care centers. These two tools provide you with questions and activities that allow you to evaluate your child’s development. Ask your pediatrician about the PEDS tool at your next visit and your childcare center regarding the Ages and Stage Questionnaire.