Why are we writing about development?
The main reason for writing about human development is to somehow help those in need by identifying developmental disabilities to choose appropriate intervention strategies. However, general knowledge about human development and growth, we hope, would help prevent many such difficulties that could otherwise be avoided or at the very least lessen the effects of these on the child’s development. There is a growing body of scientific evidence within the mental health research supporting the importance of prevention. This research is naturally eclectic, capitalizing on the findings within many disciplines including developmental science, developmental psychopathology, epidemiology, education and criminology.
The goal is to identify at risk individuals for developing social, emotional and behavioral problems early in their developmental path and to implement strategies to prevent and even alter their abnormal developmental trajectory.