Developmental Delay in Children
Developmental Delay may be diagnosed when a child does not develop important (milestone) skills on time as expected. These skills can include one or more areas of development including: communication, motor skills, thinking or cognitive skills, play and social interaction.
Although each child may develop important skills at a slightly different pace, research has helped us to know when a child may be off the path of typical development. Refer to developmental milestones to see if your child is on track.
When a child seems delayed, parents often wonder if the child will simply “grow out of it.”
Experienced speech and occupational therapists who specialize in child development can help you answer this question. Thorough evaluation can make the difference in understanding the delay.