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What are warning signs of cognitive developmental delays in children?

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Contact your child's doctor if your child has any of the following signs at the age that's indicated. In addition, watch for any loss of skills that have already been learned.

By 1 year, contact the doctor if your child:

By 2 years, contact the doctor if your child:

  • Does not search for objects that are hidden while he or she watches
  • Does not use gestures, such as waving
  • Does not point to objects or pictures
  • Does not know the function of common objects, such as a hairbrush, telephone, or spoon
  • Does not follow simple instructions
  • Does not imitate actions or words

SOURCES:

CDC: "Developmental Screening" and "Important Milestones."

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007; vol 60: pp 367–380. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

WebMD Feature: "Is Your Baby on Track?"

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development" and "Your Child’s Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Developmental Screening" and "Important Milestones."

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007; vol 60: pp 367–380. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

WebMD Feature: "Is Your Baby on Track?"

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development" and "Your Child’s Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 14, 2018

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