An Overview of the My Baby Compass Program,

The Components of the My Baby Compass Program include
Checklists identify milestones, which are
skills, behaviors and physical developments that
commonly occur in certain age ranges. The milestones are
linked with symbols for these areas:
 Speech/Language
 Hearing
 Cognitive/Reasoning
 Physical
 Vision
 Social/Emotional
Activities are fun, quick ways to stimulate the
development of these skills and behaviors during
your normal day-to-day routine.
Reference Manual includes:
 Chapter 1, “What You May Not Know about Your
Preschool Child,” provides useful knowledge to
help your child grow and learn.
 Chapter 2, “The Communication and Learning Process,”
holds information about how your child
communicates and develops academic success.

 Chapter 3, “Tracking Your Child’s Progress: The
My Baby Compass Checklists,” allows you to make
notes about your child’s progress. This chapter is
where you will check off your child’s milestones as
he meets them. You can take the completed
checklists to your child’s wellness visits.
 Chapter 4, “My Child Did Not Meet a Milestone.
Now What?” tells you what to do if your child has
not exhibited all the skills, behaviors and physical
developments that are listed on the My Baby
Compass Checklists.
 Chapter 5, “Age-Appropriate Playtime Activities,”
offers a full range of activities that will maximize
creative learning and social interaction.
 Chapter 6, “Music and Rhymes for Fun and Learning,”
is a resource for nursery rhymes, songs and
music both you and your child will enjoy.
 Lastly, at the end of this book, you’ll find appendices
with helpful resources and information for
giving your child a great start in academics.
My Baby Compass may look like a book, but it is actually
a child development program that is easy to understand,
compact and practical. Parents and educators have limited
time and resources. The My Baby Compass program contains
most everything you need to be sure your child is on track in
his developmental milestones and that you are providing everything
he needs to thrive. Make sure you skim through the
entire book. This will make you aware of the layout, content
and the additional resources before you jump in and start
using the program. If further help is needed to understand
the process of early intervention and how to get help, this
too is included. The individual booklets that contain color-coded
checklists and developmental growth-enhancing activities
for each age range can be easily removed to travel with
a parent and to share with school and health care providers.

About the My Baby Compass Symbols
The symbols on this compass represent the six areas that
are assessed on the My Baby Compass Checklists. These
symbols link the milestones on the Checklists to these areas:
Speech/Language (Four/Five/Six-Year-Old
Talks) is the Expressive Language area, which
involves the development of the use of words,
sentences and conversation through speaking,
gesturing, signing or writing. It also includes the
use of the articulators (mouth, lips, teeth,
tongue, palate and jaw) for eating and swallowing.
Hearing (Four/Five/Six-Year-Old Hears) is
the Receptive Language area, which is the development
of the ability to comprehend information
and understand spoken language and/or sign
language.

Cognitive/Reasoning (Four/Five/Six-Year-
Old Understands) is the area of intellect, which
is the development of perception, memory, concepts,
thinking and problem solving.

Physical (Four/Five/Six-Year-Old Moves) is
the Physical/Motor area, which is the development
of the skills needed to move and to perform various
physical tasks, as well as the development of
balance, coordination, laterality (being aware of
the left and right sides of the body) and spatial
orientation (being aware of the position of one’s
body in relation to space, people and objects).
Vision is the ability to see objects, interpret physical
forms and track moving objects with one’s
eyes. (There are no separate “Four/Five/Six-
Year-Old Sees” Checklists or Activities. You will,
however, have the opportunity to monitor your
child’s vision status on Checklists throughout the
program.)
Social/Emotional (Four/Five/Six-Year-Old
Feels) is the area of feelings and relationships,
which is the development of understanding and
managing emotions and interactions with others.
If, at the end of an age period, your child is not meeting
one or more milestones on a Checklist, the My Baby Compass
symbols also point you toward help in these developmental areas.
You’ll find more information in Chapter 4, “My Child Did
Not Meet a Milestone. Now What?”
Additional information and resources are available in Appendix
II, “About Screenings and Support.”

Child Development

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