The developmental profile of the Institutes outlines the most significant stages of development through which children pass from birth to six years of age. Its purpose is to highlight, among the thousands of changes that the child faces during growth, those functions which in effect cause other functions, rather than being a mere result. The profile is therefore a clear and reliable tool to measure the degree of skill – or disability – as well as the rapidity of the progress made by brain-injured children or by healthy ones.
The following table represents the stages of sensory development of children and the times when this happens. It is the tool used by staff members and parents in order to have a single universal reference, stable and ready to be used in comparing and assessing the ability of each child in relation to its chronological age.