As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. You are the first to notice when they are reaching new milestones or when they are struggling. If you are concerned about your child’s development, it is important to talk to their doctor. Early intervention can make a big difference in a child’s life.
Here are some red flags to be aware of, by age group:
Babies (0-12 months)
- Does not make eye contact
- Does not respond to loud sounds
- Does not babble or coo by 6 months
- Does not roll over, sit up, or crawl by the appropriate age
- Does not transfer objects from one hand to the other
- Does not have a pincer grasp (using the thumb and index finger to pick up small objects) by 9 months
Toddlers (1-3 years)
- Does not walk by 18 months
- Does not say single words by 18 months
- Does not use two-word phrases by 2 years
- Does not use simple sentences by 3 years
- Has difficulty following simple instructions
- Does not imitate others
- Has trouble playing with other children
- Has difficulty with self-care skills, such as dressing and feeding
Preschoolers (3-5 years)
- Does not speak clearly
- Has difficulty following directions
- Is easily distracted
- Has trouble sitting still
- Is hyperactive or impulsive
- Has difficulty with social skills
- Has difficulty with academic skills, such as reading and writing
If you notice any of these red flags, talk to your child’s doctor. They can assess your child’s development and make recommendations, if needed.
Early intervention is a set of services that can help children with developmental delays. These services can include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and special education. Early intervention can help children reach their full potential and live happy and productive lives.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Children with ASD may have difficulty with social communication, repetitive behaviors, and restricted interests. If you are concerned that your child may have ASD, talk to their doctor. They can refer you to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects attention, hyperactivity, and impulse control. Children with ADHD may have difficulty paying attention, sitting still, and controlling their impulses. If you are concerned that your child may have ADHD, talk to their doctor. They can assess your child and make recommendations for treatment.
Learning disabilities are a group of disorders that can affect a child’s ability to learn. Children with learning disabilities may have difficulty with reading, writing, math, or other academic skills. If you are concerned that your child may have a learning disability, talk to their doctor or teacher. They can assess your child’s needs and make recommendations for support.
If you are concerned about your child’s development, it is important to talk to their doctor. Early intervention can make a big difference in a child’s life. There are many resources available to help children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disabilities. With the right support, all children can reach their full potential.
If you are concerned about your child’s development, please contact OrbRom Center for an assessment. Find out if your child needs extra support.