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Red Flags for Child Development - Topics and Resources

As an Early Childhood Educator, you know how important it is to be aware of issues that impact the growth and development of infants, toddlers and children. In the table below, you’ll find important topics which are linked to useful resources, information, and descriptions of what to look for as you work with young children.

Table of Contents

Abuse and Neglect

Mauvais Traitements à l’égard des Enfants

Feeding and Swallowing

Bien manger et mâcher

Brain Injury, Traumatic and Concussions

Lésions cérébrales

Mental Health/Attachment, Children

Santé Mentale / Enfants

Kids and Consent

Period of PURPLE Crying

Les pleurs de bébé

SmartStart HUB at TVCC - Thames Valley Children's Centre (TVCC)

A clear entry point to services for children and families 


*This is not an assessment or diagnostic tool and cannot substitute for the advice, formal assessment and/or diagnosis from professionals trained to properly assess the growth and development of infants, toddlers and children. These resources are for professionals working with young children and can be shared with their parents. Parents should always speak with their primary healthcare provider about any concerns regarding their children.

Abuse and Neglect - Mauvais Traitements à l’égard des Enfants
The Children’s Aid Society is mandated under the Child and Family Services Act, (CFSA RSO 2000 as amended) to ensure the protection safety and wellbeing of every child under the age of 16, and any child over the age of 16 subject to a court order. The Act sets out for the Society the definition of child in need of protection under Sec 37 (1). The Society is also accountable to its funder the Ministry of Children and Youth which sets out standards and guidelines which must be followed by the Children’s Aid Society.(taken from resource below)

Children's Aid Society London & Middlesex (CAS)

Société d'aide à l'enfance London & Middlesex (CAS)

Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies:  What is abuse; subtle signs of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.

Association ontarienne des sociétés de l'aide à l'enfance:  En quoi consistent les mauvais traitements.

Feeding and Swallowing - Bien manger et mâcher
Learning how to eat properly and how to chew and swallow different food is part of growing up for all children.

tykeTALK Feeding and Swallowing information and guidelines; what can parents do; problems with drooling

Petits Parleurs Bien manger et mâcher (sélectionner French)

Developmental Resources for Infants, Thames Valley Children Centre
Kids & Consent
Teaching consent to kids can feel uncomfortable because adults often associate consent with sex. But consent in the early years isn’t about sex – it’s about tuning into children’s verbal and nonverbal communication, and teaching them that their voice matters. The building blocks of anatomy, boundaries and communication, form the foundation upon which sexual consent can later be learned. (anova)
A Caregiver's Guide to Teaching the ABCs of Consent:  A Resource for Parents, Guardians and Professionals (anova)
Mental Health/Attachment, Children - Santé mentale / enfants
How a baby or young child demonstrates mental health depends on the age and developmental stage of the child. A child who is socially and emotionally healthy is developing their skills related to:  establishing and maintaining close relationships, first with parents and caregivers, then progressing on to friends; expressing and regulating their emotions; continuous learning and exploring new environments.
Children and Mental Health Information: What to look for; What you can do; How to talk to parents

Crisis or Intake services for Children's Mental Health 24/7 for Vanier, WAYS and Craigwood. Now called 519-433-0334

Vanier fournit un service accessible et adapté à la communauté francophone.Offrir un service d’accueil bilingue: 519-433-3101, poste 228

Vanier Children's Mental Wellness is a children's mental health centre serving children ages 0-14 with emotional, behavioural and attachment difficulties

(CPRI) Child and Parents Resource Institute: provides trauma-informed, highly-specialized assessment, treatment, and targeted intervention services for children and youth with complex combinations of special needs, including developmental disabilities, autism and severe behavioural, emotional and mental health challenges.

Child and Parent Resource Institute (Fr): Le CPRI fournit des services d’évaluation, de traitement et d’intervention ciblée, hautement spécialisés et tenant compte des traumatismes aux enfants et aux jeunes présentant des combinaisons complexes de besoins spéciaux, notamment des troubles du développement, de l’autisme et de graves problèmes de comportement, d’émotions et de santé mentale

Merrymount family support and crisis centre

Period of PURPLE Crying ® - Les pleurs de bébé
The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks and continues until about 3-4 months of age. The Period of PURPLE Crying is a way to understand the crying patterns during this time in a baby's life, which is a normal part of every infant's development. It is confusing and concerning to be told your baby "has colic" because it sounds like it is an illness or a condition that is abnormal. P= peak of crying; U=unexpected ;R=resists soothing ;P=pain-like face ;L=long lasting;E=evening (taken from reference below)
The Period of Purple Crying® (What is the Period of PURPLE Crying? Sleeping; Soothing; Crying; Protecting; For Dads)

You Tube Video: What is the Period of Purple Crying? Dr. Ron Barr Explaining  

National Center of Shaken Baby Syndrome:  Believe all babies can be safe from harm...We do.   Attention: Never shake a Baby. Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child...injuries having the potential to result in death or permanent neurologic disability.

Naître et grandir: Les pleurs de bébé Attention! ne secouez jamais votre bébé. Vous pourriez causer des lésions permanentes à son cerveau ou même le faire mourir.

Please refer back to other sections for resources:  Abuse, Brain Injury, Mental Health
Veuillez vous référer aux autres sections pour les ressources: Mauvais Traitements à l’égard des Enfants, lésions cérébrales, santé mentale
Date of creation: January 12, 2021
Last modified on: August 31, 2023