Where to Begin?

Below is a list of questions that we are commonly asked by parents who want to explore or learn about child development. If you have additional questions you would like to see on this page, please contact us here.

If you are just curious and have concerns about your child, then all you have to do is look around at this web site, the many others we link to, our library, and the many other resources you will run into along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have concerns about how my child is developing. What do I do?
  • I have gone to the pediatrician and he/she has told me that my child is just slow or a bit behind, and not to worry. Should I worry?
  • What do I do to get a second opinion? My child has been evaluated by a professional but I want to ask more questions. 
  • My child needs an evaluation. Where and how do I start the process?
  • Who do I contact to get an evaluation?
  • What can I expect as to how the evaluation process will go?
  • What are my rights as a parent who has a child with a disability or exceptionality?
  • What are my rights as a parent who has concerns about my child and wants a professional opinion or evaluation?
  • Are there things I can do at home to help my child develop normally or help my child who has a disorder or exceptionality?

There are also a number of places offering various forms of education online or in person. See: Alliance for Child & Family Health & DevelopmentMerced College Community Services , Merced County Adult Education, or University of California Merced


Welcome to our  Discussion Blog in Where to Begin?. While the content of this blog is open, we prefer that it be limited to issues dealing with Where to Begin? and child development. If your discussion item concerns the different specific conditions on the right hand side of this page, it might be better to place your remarks under one of those links. Or you may also want to see our General Discussion page.

If your comment is better directed to us in the form of a nonpublic email, please see our “Contact Us” page.

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