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How can you tell if your child has developmental delays?

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Every child grows and learns at their own pace, and the range of what’s normal is pretty wide. It’s helpful, though, to know the signs that your child might not have the skills most other kids have at his age. Doctors call those problems developmental delays. Many delays aren’t serious, and most kids can catch up, especially when they get early treatment. The key is to get your child the help he or she needs as soon as you think there’s a problem. If you wonder whether your little one is falling behind in emotional, mental, or physical growth, don't wait to find out. Talk to your child's doctor right away.

SOURCES :

CDC: "Developmental Screening," “Facts About Developmental Disabilities,” "Important Milestones."

KidsHealth. “Delayed Speech or Language Development.”

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007. Neurology

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

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

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

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 16, 2017

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SOURCES :

CDC: "Developmental Screening," “Facts About Developmental Disabilities,” "Important Milestones."

KidsHealth. “Delayed Speech or Language Development.”

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007. Neurology

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

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

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

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 16, 2017

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