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Children’s healthy development depends on an intricate relationship among mind, body, and environment. Monitoring children’s development, especially during the early years, provides insights into the way they are growing intellectually, physically, and emotionally, and enables early identification of children with developmental delays or disability. 

By monitoring developmental milestones, which are the skills that most children are able to perform by a certain age, health care providers can offer information and services to match the abilities and needs of each child and their family. In addition to their use in guiding counseling and support to children and families, using tools for identifying children with developmental delays and disabilities is an essential first step to be able to track the participation and outcomes of children with disabilities in nutrition programs and other services which can contribute to strengthening services for children with disabilities and feeding difficulties.

Use the resources in this section to monitor children’s development and identify disabilities early. 

We found 18 resource(s)
Seen, Counted, Included: Using Data to Shed Light on the Well-Being of Children with Disabilities
Technical Report published by UNICEF in
This report compiles statistics on children with disabilities and their well-being.
Responsive Care and Early Learning Addendum for IYCF Counseling
Training Material published by USAID Advancing Nutrition in
This package of counseling materials contains materials on the care and feeding for children with feeding difficulties and seeking help if a caregiver is concerned about a child's development.
Your Baby's Developmental Milestones
Guideline/Guidance published by UNICEF in
Caregivers can use "Your Baby's Developmental Milestones" to understand and recognize their child's social, emotional, linguistic, cognitive, and physical milestones in the first 1,000 days.
Nurturing Care Handbook, Strategic Action 4: Monitor Progress
Guideline/Guidance published by WHO, World Bank Group, and UNICEF in
This section of the Nurturing Care Handbook provides information on monitoring implementation of the Nurturing Care Framework.
Toolkit for Disability Inclusion in Care Reform
Toolkit published by Better Care Network in
This toolkit contains materials to increase people's capacity to mainstream disability.
Ubuntu Manual: Working Together with Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities
Training Material published by Ubuntu in
Ubuntu aims to increase the knowledge and skills required for caring for a child with a developmental disability
Baby Ubuntu
Training Material published by Ubuntu in
Baby Ubuntu includes training, supervision, and mentoring of facilitators and provides recommendations on how to monitor and evaluate the program.
Supporting Children's Speech and Cognitive Development from Birth to Seven Years Old
Assessment Tool published by Save the Children Italy, Save the Children Sweden in
This tool provides parents and caregivers with ways to understand, follow, and stimulate their children’s language, speech, and cognitive development at home.