Developmental delay describes the behavior of young children whose development in key mental and physical areas is slower than other children of the same age. The delay can be in any of a number of areas of development, such as movement (motor control), speaking, thinking, playing, or self-care skills.
Approximately 15% of all toddlers and preschoolers in the United States are classified as having a developmental delay. However, as many as 1 in 4 children through the age of 5 are at risk for a developmental delay or disability. Early identification allows communities to provide more effective and affordable treatment during the preschool years and can lessen the need for expensive special-education services in later childhood.
Milestones In A Child’s Development
If you are concerned that your child is experiencing developmental delays consult with your pediatrician, school personnel, and feel free to contact Oceanside Therapy Group at Oceanside, CA for an evaluation when ready.