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What can you do to help with social and emotional delays in children?

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Treatment for a social or emotional delay depends on the cause and how much it affects your child’s life. You’ll probably work closely with your child’s doctor and other professionals to find what helps him the most. Medication or special types of behavioral therapy can help if your child has behavior problems from a delay. You can also work with a therapist to learn how to encourage good social and emotional skills at home. The earlier you work on these problems, the more likely your child can catch up to other kids his or her age.

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 19, 2019

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 19, 2019

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