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DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY

Some children have a relatively routine entry into the world, but may develop more slowly than others, experience setbacks, or develop in ways that seem very different from other children. For these children, a visit with a developmental pediatrician and a thorough evaluation may lead to an early intervention program.

What’s a developmental delay?


The term “developmental delay” is an important one in early intervention. Broadly speaking, it means that a child is delayed in some area of development. There are five areas in which development may be affected :

• Cognitive development

• Physical development, including vision and hearing

• Communication development

• Social or emotional development

• Adaptive development

It’s not uncommon for parents and family members to become concerned when their beautiful baby or growing toddler doesn’t seem to be developing according to the normal schedule of “baby” milestones.

“He hasn’t rolled over yet.”

“The little girl next door is already sitting up on her own!”

“She should be saying a few words by now.”

Sound familiar? While it’s true that children develop differently, at their own pace, and that the range of what’s “normal” development is quite broad, it’s hard not to worry and wonder.

These children should be starts in early intervention program as soon as posiible after consultation with a Paediatric neurologist and assessment by Developmental Paediatrician.