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What is the definition or description of: developmental delay?

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Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 38 years experience
Delayed milestones: A chronological delay in the appearance of normal developmental milestones achieved during infancy and early childhood, caused by organic, psychological, or environmental factors.
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Dr. Teresa Carson
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Lagging in skills: Developmental delay means that the child has not reached expected developmental skills by a certain age in language, physcial and/or social spheres. There is a range of time when these skills should be met, and there should be continual progress. Any lag should be addressed by your pediatrician, a developmental specialist, and early intervention.
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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
Pediatrics - Neurology 17 years experience
Behind in milestones: Pediatricians track development by what are called milestones. Children should be achieving certain skills by certain ages (e.g. Sitting unsupported by 6 months, 2 word sentences by 2 years of age, etc). There is a range of normal and different severity of delay, mild to severe. A full evaluation by a specialist is important as there are several potential causes and interventions.
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Alteration of skills: As children move along in age, they should also do so in developmental stages of motor, languag, and personal social areas. When these areas lag expectations, it is called a developmental delay.
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What is the definition or description of: developmental delay fine motor?

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Dr. Carol Endo
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Poor hand control : When a child has "fine motor delay", that generally means that he or she has problems with hand coordination compared to what we would expect for children at that age.
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