What is the treatment for developmental delay?

Depends. It really depends on the area of delay...Motor delay, learning differences etc. There is physical therapy and occupational therapy for motor problems. Speech therapy for speech problems etc. The treatment depends on the delay.

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3year old son doesn't speak, but imitates animal sounds. No other developmental delays. Hearing tested and not autistic. Had therapy since 18mo. Causes?

The Clinical Evalua- tion of Language Fundamentals tests receptive & expressive language, speech sound production & verbal/ nonverbal social/pragmatic communication. . Call your school district's Child Find Team for eligibility for Early Childhood Special Education. Also, seek evaluation by a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician to search for genetic & other medical causes of his neurodevelopmental disorder. Read more...

What's a first noticeable developmental delay?

Eye contact. The very first thing in development is that the infant will prefer to look at a face, notably the parent. If that dosen't happen by 2 months, there is a problem. Read more...
Motor delays are the. easiest to spot. A full-term infant can turn his head side-to-side, a 2-month-old gets his head up like a turtle & a 4- month-old gets head & chest up in prone. "Fixing" on mom's face from ~12" away by 1 month, turning to mom's voice & following mom's face 180 degrees while she's silent at 2 months.& smiling, gooing & cooing reciprocally at 2-4 mo are important. See firstsigns.org for screenings. Read more...
W T T . Walking talking and toileting are often milestones that evaluators look for. Hearing sight facial recognition and interaction are also observable issues to track. . Read more...

What is considered childhood developmental delay?

In young children. The term is used to describe lags in attaining developmental milestones in a child too young to have formal iq testing. If response to therapy shows development at a typical or accelerated rate, the child may catch up. If the child continues to develop at a slower rate & has cognitive function significantly below avg. On iq testing ~ age 6, the term intellectual disability is then used. Read more...
Slow milestones. Many books and brochures have expected milestones for children at specific ages. If your child is not meeting these expected milestones, there is concern. A thorough pediatric evaluation would be appropriate. Exact cause, outcome, and treatment should be discussed with your pediatrician. Read more...

Can developmental delay be genetic?

Yes and no. There are very many syndromes that will result in developmental delay. For example down syndrome. However, even with the full syndrome a person can be developmentally normal. There is a genetic trend for intelligence, but this is very variable. Many children with developmental problems have no genetic risks. Many children with genetic risks are developmentally normal. Read more...

What kind of condition is social skills developmental delay?

Later Than Expected. Studies have shown that most kids follow a pattern of advancing skills regarding use of various interactional skills..There is a tremendous range of time, so a child may smile at someone as early as 1-2 mos.And as late as 5-6 mosand still be in the "normal" range. When these advancements are delayed, longer than the expected latest normal time, we worry about problems. Read more...

Will a hearing problem cause my baby to have a developmental delay?

Yes. Hearing loss is definitely associated with delayed speech, therefore all infants should have their hearing tested at birth, before they leave the hospital. If hearing loss is defected, it should be treated right away. Read more...
Could be. Not only speech delay, but potentially serious emotional and social issues can occur. This can mimic autistic behavior if not recognized and corrected.Fortunately there is routine screening of all newborns in most places for congenital hearing loss, which will allow prevention of these complications. Read more...
YES. Hearing is a crucial part of language development.Expressive and more important receptive language is strongly associated with learning.If your child appears to be having problems speaking , understanding speech or not responding to sounds, please have him/her seen by a doctor and or an audiologist.Long term hearing deficits could create long term sequalae. Read more...

What kind of condition is developmental delay of gross motor movements?

Problematic Maybe. Studies have shown that most kids follow a pattern of advancing skills regarding use of various muscles.There is a tremendous range of time, so a child may walk as early as 7-8 mos and as late as 18-20 mos and still be in the "normal" range. When these advancements are delayed, longer than the expected latest normal time, we worry about problems. Read more...

What is the difference between pervasive developmental delay and autism?

A spectrum. Essentially, the degree and...Well...Pervasiveness of delay. Or, as we generally say in psychiatry, the degree of dysfunction. The problem only becomes a problem when the person having the problem sees the problem as actually being a problem.... Read more...
None. Its a classification description. Pervasive developmental disorders (pdd) is the overall description of conditions sharing significant social and communication disabilities. "mammal" is a term defining hair bearing animals that nurse their young. Autism is a subset of PDD like human is a subset of mammal. Asperger's is a subset of pdd, as are many other conditions. Read more...
"Pervasive Develop- Mental disorders" is now "autistic spectrum disorders." pdd-not otherwise specified, " used for observable behaviors that fulfill some, but not all, criteria for autism will soon be "social communication disorder" in young kids with deficits in social communication & reciprocity but no stereotypies/ narrow, restricted areas of interest. Autistic disorder is the new diagnosis for all other asd's. Read more...

What is the difference between dyspraxia and global developmental delay?

See below. Dyspraxia: problems with movement & coordination. Aka "motor learning disability". Those with dyspraxia find it hard to carry out smooth & coordinated movements. It often comes with language problems, & a degree of difficulty with perception & thought. Dyspraxia does not affect a person's intelligence.Global dev.Delay is used to describe an overall delay in two or more major areas of development. Read more...