As we develop from birth, there are common developmental “milestones” that are reached around certain ages. For example, the ability to walk, taking first steps is generally between months 9 and 12. Another is at age 4-7 months, babies typically start babbling and engage, smiling at the parents. When children don’t meet their normal milestones in a reasonable amount of time, a delay in development can start to become evident.
Often development delay can be seen in babies who seem to be stiff or floppy, have difficulty holding their head steady, can’t sit on their own or don’t respond to noises or smiles, after the appropriate ages to do so. In addition, as a child with development delay gets older, they may have difficulty engaging in normal play, seem clumsy, have difficulty with running and other more challenging activities.
How Pediatric Therapy Helps
Our therapists work closely with your child to determine the root cause of their developmental delay. After a thorough evaluation, we develop a comprehensive plan, at times involving physical, occupational and speech therapy to assist your child with attaining their developmental milestones. We work closely with your child and the entire family to ensure your child achieves the best outcome possible.