How Children Grow and Develop
When observing a child’s development, keep in mind these key points:
- There is a wide range of typical behavior. At any particular age 25% of
- children will not exhibit the behavior or skill, 50% will show it, and 25%will already have mastered it.
- Some behaviors may be typical—in the sense of predictable— responses to trauma, including the trauma of separation as well as abuse and neglect.
- Prenatal and postnatal influences may alter development
- Other factors, including culture, current trends and values, also influence what is defined as typical.
- As a CASA/GAL volunteer, you need to become aware of your values, attitudes and perceptions about what is typical in order to be more objective and culturally sensitive when assessing a child’s needs.
Child Development Chart
Knowing what to look for and what to ask if half the battle. Check out the Child Visitation Form below.
Child Visitation Form
Asking the Right Questions - Planning Your Next Steps
This worksheet is a helpful tool for creating your investigation plan. Remember, the plan for your investigation will be different in each case because each child's situation is unique.
Planning Your Next Steps