Children develop uniquely and at different rates. However, if you think your child is experiencing developmental delays and difficulties, it’s best to refer to a pediatrician first to get proper and professional diagnoses and opinions. Some signs or symptoms of developmental delays may considerably affect their daily living. Getting them evaluated can help prevent or treat these difficulties. You can also seek out Early Intervention Programs in your community since they could be eligible for intervention services that are designed to meet individualized needs.
The Primary Developmental Areas
- Language Development – How a child understands language and speaks to express thoughts, ideas, and needs.
- Motor Development – How a child uses large and small muscles.
- Self-Help Skills – How a child eats, dresses, and cares for oneself.
- Social & Emotional Development – How a child relates to other children and adults.
- Cognitive Development – How a child thinks and learns.
While caring for their child, parents instantly notice the change or difference in developmental rate, such as how soon he or she smiles, rolls over, sits up, walks, talks, and feeds himself/herself. While unique growth and development are normal, others experience delays and difficulties which can likely affect their relationship and communication with others as they grow older. This problem can be preventable with the right treatment and approach.