Recognizing Developmental Delays in Children

What is Developmental Delay?

Developmental delay is a broader phenomenon than just lagging behind being able to perform a certain task. It is the inability to perform basic activities that children of certain age groups are typically able to do. Developmental delays can be diagnosed by observing how your child communicates, moves, learns and behaves with others. Global developmental delay is when it affects a multitude of developmental areas.

We often hear people make sweeping statements such as: “children should crawl between the age of 6–10 months,” “children should take their first steps when they are 9–12 months old.” However, it is important that parents understand that each child develops at his/her own pace.

Early intervention can help you assert the mental condition of your child. It is essentially a set of targeted services designed specifically to understand and address a child’s specific needs. It can make a world of difference in minimizing your child’s developmental delays. via