Parents/Caregivers are the greatest observers of the children’s development and are best suited to raise concerns with professionals, thereby receiving information and resources that their child may require.  For example, studies have shown that:

  • there were no differences in accuracy on the basis of the parent/caregiver’s level of education or parenting/caregiving experience;
  • almost all parents/caregivers identify concerns by comparing their children to other children of similar ages;
  • educated parents/caregivers, especially fathers, are 21 times as likely to raise concerns spontaneously; and,
  • children whose parents/caregivers discussed concerns were 40 times more likely to be enrolled in special education.
    • Glascoe, F.P. (1989) The importance of Parents Concerns About their Child’s Development, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 143 (8) Doi: 10.1001/archpedi. 1989.02150200115029

excerpt from the Infant and Child Development Program Guidelines, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. October 2018