MONTHLY TOPIC: What is a DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY??
IMPORTANT POINTS: Children learn many, many new skills following their birth. They learn to smile, roll over, sit up, walk, talk, and the list continues. The expectation is that these skills emerge in a roughly predictable timeframe. The timetable for skills to emerge is referred to as DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES. Keep in mind that children do not develop skills at exactly the same rate and may reach skills weeks or more apart, though both could be on track developmentally. When skills do not emerge as anticipated, parents and caregivers became concerned and further evaluation of if a developmental delay is present is needed. Here are recommendations for how to proceed if you are concerned that your child has a developmental delay.
1) Talk to your pediatrician and seek developmental screening.
2) If warranted, (based on the results of screening) obtain a more in-depth developmental evaluation.
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