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- Feb 09 2017
What is Development Delay?
Developmental delay refers to the significant delay in various growth aspects of a child. As infants grow up, they acquire various motor, cognitive, and other skills as they grow up. But sometimes, these developments do not take place when expected and the children seem to be lagging behind time. Here are the categories of developmental delays which may help you find if your child is suffering from it or not.
Language and speech:
It is the most common type of developmental delay and here is how you can spot it:
3-4 months of age: if your child does not respond to noises.
4 months: the child does not try to imitate sounds.
1 year: if the child does not utter a single word.
2 years: the child does not speak more than 10-12 words.
Your child might be suffering from this if:
3-4 months: does not grasp or try to grasp objects.
5 months: does not roll over in any direction.
1 year: does not crawl at all.
2 years: still walks on toes.
Though hard to determine early, cognitive developmental delay can be inferred by:
1 year: child is still unable to comprehend a thing and does not try to communicate. Also, the child fails to use or try to understand gestures by this age.
2 years: does not imitate gestures or words and does not try to do it either. Also the child fails to use common objects like spoon at this age.
Children have blurry vision when they are born, but it eventually develops. Signs to look out for:
2 months: does not notice hands.
3 months: fails to notice or follow moving objects.
6 months: child still experiences constant tearing. If the child still fails to notice or follow near or far moving objects with both eyes, it is a sign of vision development delay.
Again very hard to diagnose as children are often unpredictive. Social or emotional developmental delays are often due to neurodevelopmental disorder. It can also be a sign of autism and is hard to diagnose at a very early age. Still, look out for following symptoms:
The child resists playing with others.
Does not express much/lack of facial expression.
Performs repetitive actions and develops specific routines.
These developmental disorders are healed automatically in some cases, as some children develop more slowly. But in other cases, there is no specific remedy for this although therapies help in such cases. Be vigilant for these factors and seek early medication. Trust your child and try to maintain a positive environment around if your child suffers from these.
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