The Benefits of PPOD™ (from a child's perspective) [see also
PPOD is a web-based, online service. It uses a new and novel system/interface for navigating content within a
grid. This grid-navigation system is based on a proprietary design called
Kontinuums™ (patents pending) which has been developed by SurfWax, Inc.,
a pioneer of practical tools for surfing and using the Web.
The PPOD grid is a developmental continuum consisting of column headers (Age
in Months), row headers (developmental Strands, such as "Cognitive"), and
cells (Milestones sequenced by Age within a Strand).
PPOD is written from a child's point-of-view.
VORT pioneered this
approach in 1985 with some of its early parenting materials. Parents love the
warmth and personal nature expressed in this approach. So the following
begins from the (your) child's perspective. Enjoy PPOD!
PPOD is a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool
for observing, monitoring,
and fostering my development–from birth to three years of age–a
critical time for my future development.
PPOD helps you learn
what I should be doing and when. It covers 108
key developmental milestones (skills) supported by research
to be key milestones. These milestones are grouped into developmental
strands: Cognitive, Dressing, Eating and Drinking, Expressive Language,
Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Receptive Language, Sleeping, Social-Emotional,
Toileting, and Growth.
I should know how to do the items listed in PPOD by the time I reach the age
for a respective milestone. Milestones are listed at the age that most
children can do them, not the average age. Please look ahead when using PPOD
to know what I should be learning to do. Use the activities to help me learn
these skills during everyday routines.
Please remember that milestones are presented at the age that most, not all,
children learn them. Children learn at different rates and there is a little
wiggle room. If I have not mastered a milestone by a given age, but am making
progress, continue to encourage my development through everyday
activities—I will get there. If I am not making progress or if you are
concerned, talk with my doctor.
PPOD provides concise information:
a clear Introduction to each
milestone, Ideas for fostering development, and helpful Hints. The Eating and
Drinking strand also covers Healthy Eating, Picky Eaters, and Mealtime
Behavior. The Growth strand helps you monitor my growth which is important
because childhood obesity is a major public health issue in
the United States.
PPOD facilitates important discussions with my pediatrician.
organized according to the twelve well-child visit ages recommended by the
AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics): Newborn, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24,
30, and 36 months of age. The 30-month visit is a relatively new AAP
recommendation. The primary purpose of this visit is to monitor development.
Although it is a recommended visit, please note that my pediatrician may not
conduct a 30-month well-child visit because most insurance companies do not
yet cover this visit.
PPOD helps you record important information about my development.
information will be used to generate a developmental report that you can
bring to my pediatrician at each well-child visit:
Use PPOD on a regular basis
- First, you will be able to record the progress that I am making towards
attaining each skill on a scale of 0 to 4: (0) Not yet observed, (1) Just
started, (2) Some progress, (3) Almost there, and (4) Achieved. If you're
busy, you can opt to simply document the dates that I achieve my
milestones. By documenting my development as I learn key skills, you will
have an accurate record of my milestones. Too often, parents are asked to
remember when their child learned a particular skill; remembering, in
retrospect, is less reliable.
- Second, you will be able to record comments, questions, or concerns
regarding my development that are connected to each milestone. For
instance, you may want to note that my first word was "ball" rather than
simply documenting the date that I said my first word.
to learn about what I should be doing
and ways to help me. Record, as often as you'd like, my developmental
Then use a PPOD report as a guide for discussing my development at each
There are three report options:
- Talking Points: Provides a list of the milestones, and my
progress status, for that specific well-child visit. It also contains a
list of other points to discuss with my doctor. You can use Talking Points
to help guide your conversation with my doctor.
- Short Report: Provides a written report containing all of the
milestones, and my progress status, for that specific well-child visit. The
report flags any milestones that are not scored as “Almost
there” or “Achieved” with a red arrow. The report reminds
my doctor to pay special attention to any flagged milestones. The report
also reminds my doctor to talk with you about my growth.
- Full Report: Provides a comprehensive report containing all
prior and current PPOD milestones. For prior milestones, it denotes the
date that I achieved the milestone and my age at that time. For current
milestones, and any other milestones that I may not have yet achieved, the
report denotes my latest progress status, along with the date and my age on
that date. The report flags any milestones that are not scored as
“Almost there” or “Achieved” with a red arrow. The
report reminds my doctor to pay special attention to any flagged
milestones. The report also reminds my doctor to talk with you about my
Talk with my doctor about the type of information he or she will find
most helpful. If my doctor would like the Short Report or the Full Report,
you can email the report or print it and bring it to my visit. Use one of the
three options to guide your discussion.
Tell my doctor about all the great new things that I have learned and share
any concerns. If concerns about my development arise, my pediatrician may
formally evaluate my development using a developmental screening test. The
purpose of a developmental screening test is to help the doctor decide
whether or not my development appears within normal limits for my age. If I
do not pass the developmental screen, I should be referred to our local early
intervention program for a full developmental assessment. The results of this
assessment will determine whether or not I am eligible to receive services to
help me with my development. In addition to referring me to our early
intervention program, my pediatrician may recommend other tests as needed
(e.g., hearing test). If I pass my developmental screen and you still have
concerns about my development, remember that you know me best. You can always
refer me to our local early intervention program even if I pass the
developmental screen and even if my pediatrician may think that it is okay to
PPOD puts all of the information related to my development in one
, organized to coincide with my well-child visits. The knowledge
that you gain from PPOD will empower you to be in the driver's seat
when discussing development with my pediatrician. Instead of my pediatrician
telling you what I should be doing, you'll be telling my doctor what I am
doing and you will be prepared to bring up concerns. As my parent, you know
me best and you are my best advocate. PPOD will give you the knowledge you
need to feel confident about your knowledge of my development.
If I was born prematurely (<37 weeks gestation), you should consider my
adjusted age when looking at and discussing my development
until my adjusted age is at least 12 months. During this time, PPOD reports
will include the milestones closest to my
age. If my birth weight was <2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8.2 ounces) my growth
should be plotted at my adjusted age until I am three years old.