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My 1-year-old’s development is extremely advanced. What if it slows down?
Q: My 1-year-old has been doing things faster than most other children her age. She was crawling at three months and walking at eight. She even had teeth at two and a half months. Should I worry if she starts slowing down in her development? At 12 months, she is already starting to talk, can go down the stairs forward, and is in the older class at daycare. I'm afraid that she is going to start slowing down and that something will be wrong. Am I just being paranoid?
A: I don’t think you’re being paranoid, but I do wonder if you may be putting me on. Even so, I’m going to try to answer your question. Such early crawling (if it’s true crawling and not just shoving and scooting) and teeth-cutting are extremely rare. The main advice I can give you is to watch her closely. If words continue to come forth, at first slowly but regularly and then explosively, I wouldn’t worry. And note such things as: her attention span (how long she will play with a toy and how many ways she manages to use it); her concentration (whether she listens as you read to her); her curiosity (does she ask questions as she gets more words, does she like to “explore”); her emotional control or frustration tolerance; and her interaction with other children. You can judge whether these behaviours are similarly advanced by observing other children her age. If they are, prepare for a life of doing what you can to facilitate—and stabilize—the development of a gifted child. Good luck.