Developmental Delay

What is developmental delay?

Developmental delays occur when your child is slow in meeting milestones of growth.

Causes of developmental delay

Developmental delays can result from a variety of causes: genetic disorders,such as Down syndrome, and complications in pregnancy or childbirth. Some delays result from illnesses that are generally easy to treat. One example is hearing loss caused by chronic ear infections.

Symptoms of developmental delay

Developmental delays are lags in acquiring certain skills:

  • Speech
  • Standing, sitting, walking, running and maintaining balance (gross motor skills)
  • Using their hands to eat, drink, dress, draw, play or write (fine motor skills)
  • Basic reasoning and problem-solving (cognitive skills)
  • Building relationships with others (social skills)

Treatments

Treatment of developmental delay

Treatments vary, depending on the particular skill deficiency and its cause. Working with your primary care physician, you can develop a plan that may include early intervention programs through your local school system, or work with a physical or speech therapist. If other health problems are causing the developmental delays, there may be medical or surgical treatment options.

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Treatments for Developmental Delay

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Symptoms and Screenings for Developmental Delay

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Education and Resources for Developmental Delay

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