A to Z: Developmental Delayenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-KH-AZ-Dictionary-enHD.jpgAs kids grow they develop socially and emotionally, and they learn speech, language, motor skills, and cognitive thinking. But in some kids that development can be delayed. Learn more here.Developmental delay, developmental retardation, childhood development, developmental milestones, walking, talking, crawling, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language, speech development, emotional development, social development, developmental screening, developmental evaluation, developmental monitoring, speech-language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, social skills training, autism, prematurity06/08/201503/25/201903/25/2019ebc30623-4875-4b98-9517-9d48251fc8a4https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/101526.html/<p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">Developmental delay is a condition where a child doesn&rsquo;t reach developmental milestones at the ages he or she would normally be expected to.</span></p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Developmental milestones are skills or tasks that children can typically do at certain ages. Crawling, walking, and talking are three examples. Doctors use developmental milestones to check on a child&rsquo;s development and make sure there are no issues that need to be addressed. All children are unique and develop at different rates, but most children will hit their milestones within a certain age range. If a child doesn't reach his or her milestones on time, it could be a sign of developmental delay.</p> <p>There are many areas of childhood development, including motor skills, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/not-talk.html/">speech and language</a>, social, emotional, and thinking skills (also called cognitive development). Delays can happen in one or many of these different areas. During routine checkup visits, your child&rsquo;s doctor should check for any possible developmental delays. If you or the doctor think your child might have a developmental delay, a more thorough evaluation might be done.</p> <p>Treatment depends on which areas of development are delayed and can include <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/speech-therapy.html/">speech-language therapy</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/phys-therapy.html/">physical therapy</a>, behavioral therapy, and social skills training.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Living with a developmentally delayed child can be challenging, but help is available. In the U.S., all states have early intervention services designed to help children from birth through 3 years of age, and in many cases the services are free. Any parent with concerns about a child&rsquo;s development should seek help as soon as possible. The sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of a good outcome.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Delayed Speech or Language DevelopmentKnowing what's "normal" and what's not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/not-talk.html/0c41b2d1-1773-4a32-aeca-9a09589718ab
Failure to ThriveMost kids grow well but some have ”failure to thrive.” This means they don't gain weight as expected and may not grow as tall as they should.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/failure-thrive.html/97db8c53-6541-49b3-a2c1-f7cdae15a8a0
Growth ChartsDoctors use growth charts to figure out whether kids' height and weight measurements are "normal" and whether they're developing on track. Here are some facts about growth charts.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-charts.html/129c9d7b-8ef0-4618-bcfd-bc56df8c8f95
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)Some kids may be eligible for individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge. Understanding how to access these services can help you be an effective advocate for your child.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/iep.html/ef341e68-df36-41ee-a535-d8b3906379f7
Occupational TherapyOccupational therapy can help improve kids' cognitive, physical, and motor skills and build their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/occupational-therapy.html/e6873992-af60-4bab-82d9-3bd1fe9ad5a3
Physical TherapyDoctors often recommend physical therapy for kids who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Learn more about PT.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/phys-therapy.html/b6464f6d-3679-4c44-b12d-6d6d3b1a95a7
Speech-Language TherapyWorking with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child with speech or language difficulties.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/speech-therapy.html/9bcaa854-6c27-4d01-80c3-176d24a1ac3e
Your Child's GrowthFrom the moment parents greet their newborn, they watch the baby's progress eagerly. But how can they tell if their child is growing properly?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-growth.html/d60bcd07-9dd4-4e2e-ac04-dbf4ca8804a7