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Lawrey, G. 2024. Playful Progress: A Parent's Guide to Growth and Development. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Gabriella Lawrey 2024.


This thesis presents a creative project aimed at empowering parents to recognize developmental achievements, as well as address potential developmental delays in their children. Grounded in the principles of child development, this project focuses on creating age-appropriate activities that facilitate the identification of developmental milestones. By utilizing foundational resources in the field of child development, this toolkit of engaging activities has been curated to support parental understanding and observation. The primary objective of this applied knowledge project is to better equip parents with the vocabulary and tools to facilitate their child’s development. Throughout these activities, parents are encouraged to engage with their children in meaningful interactions that foster closer relationships as well as children’s growth and development. The importance of early intervention is also emphasized by providing resources and guidance to parents regarding when to seek additional support from healthcare professionals. By fostering a proactive and evidence-based approach to child development, this thesis aims to contribute to the overall well-being of families and children. By empowering parents to be advocates for their children’s developmental journey, we are ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive to their fullest potential.