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Recognizing Developmental Delays in Children

By February 6, 2024No Comments

By Mackenize McIntyre

Source: CDC Important Milestones: Your Child By Five Years
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-5yr.html

Recognizing developmental delays in children is a difficult task to navigate. One effective approach to supporting a child’s development is by being aware of the typical trajectory of a child’s development. This awareness can help guide caregivers to recognize potential signs of developmental delays and guidance on when to seek professional intervention. 

Delays can be displayed in various ways across different ages of development, some key areas are:

  • Motor Skills: How your child moves, explores, and interacts with their environment. Delays may be indicated by difficulty and the inability to coordinate or reach expected milestones.
  • Language Development: Relating to a child’s communication skills. Delays with such might be shown by limited vocabulary, struggles to form sentences, or challenges in understanding and expressing thoughts.
  • Cognitive Skills: How your child approaches problem-solving and learning. Delays can be shown when there are difficulties in concentration, lack of interest in age-appropriate activities, or slower cognitive development.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Observe your child’s interactions with others and their emotional responses. Delays may become noticeable in challenges forming relationships, extreme behavioral issues, or a lack of interest in social activities.

Monitoring these developmental milestones proves beneficial, ensuring that children receive the necessary support at an early age. Early intervention not only aids needs but also enhances future educational success and overall well-being. For a comprehensive understanding of specific milestones and their typical age of achievement, the CDC’s “Important Milestones: Your Child By Five Years” serves as a valuable resource. Beyond outlining developmental, it offers detailed information, research, and practical tips, aiding caregivers in gauging a child’s progress and clarifying when to seek professional assistance.