While every child develops at a different pace, as a parent you should be tuned into the cues that your child is facing development delays that could affect them later in life. While your child may be slow to talk, or walk, signs that your child is behind the curve for these developmental milestones, can mean that you child needs extra support in their learning efforts.
Through infant development therapy, you can help progress your baby’s or toddler’s physical and mental development and ensure these development delays don’t become more pronounced. Your child will learn valuable skills to ensure that they are on track for their learning development.
Symptoms Parents Should Watch For
While some delays in child development can be normal if a child has suffered a traumatic experience, or is an environment that is unhealthy or disruptive. Normal care of your child should provide on pace development that is in line with expert expectations.
Here are some signs that your infant or toddler needs additional support in their learning development. If your child shows these signals of delayed development, it is imperative to get them the additional care they need to progress their learning and infant development therapy can help. As a parent, you should watch for:
This can happen at age and for a variety of reasons. This is the most commonly seen development delay in children and signs that they are not communicating shouldn’t be ignored. At an early age, your baby should be babbling and making sounds and responses to the environment around them. If your baby doesn’t respond to you in any way, this could be a sign that they are experiencing speech delays.
As a toddler, your child should be able to form words and small praises. They should have a small vocabulary and be able to respond to you. Delays in this communication area mean that your child needs assistance in learning to communicate and development therapy can help move them forward with their pace of learning.
Babies and toddlers can experience problems with their vision early on. While this can often be corrected with glasses it is important to understand the signs that your child is suffering from visual delays. If you notice that your baby doesn’t follow objects or your hands when playing with them, they may have a problem with their vision. At as early as three months, your baby should recognize you and be able to track simple objects. Signals such as crossed or lazy eyes can mean that a developmental delay is occurring with their vision.
For toddlers, you should expect your child to see longer distances as far away as 6 ft. They should be able to follow objects and any signs of tearing or eye turning should be consulted with a professional as these are symptoms that visual correction is needed.
Motor Skill Delays:
Babies innately grab for objects that are in reach and any delay in this area can be symptomatic of an interruption in motor skill development. Watch for signs that your baby can’t support their head or isn’t putting objects in their mouth for soothing. This is all normal baby behavior and shows progress in your child’s motor skill advancement.
Toddlers can have more difficulty with motor skill development that developmental therapy can help with. You should see your toddler crawl by the age of one and walk by the age of two. Delays in these areas can mean their motor skills need refinement. Your child may also display stiff or floppy muscles that don’t respond as necessary. They might not be able to support their head when sitting – all of which should be consulted with a professional.
Emotional cues are a part of a child’s development as well. Simple tasks such as smiling should be expected at an early age. If your child shies away from new people or doesn’t like to show affection, it can mean that they are experiencing delays in their emotional and social development. They should feel free to cuddle and hug and signs that they are afraid to do so can affect their social learning into the future.
Toddlers should be able to mimic signals such as smiles and waves and repeat them when asked. They should have a full range of facial expressions that provide reaction to the people around them and their environment. An expressionless toddler may need help developing their sense of self and emotional personality. Through development therapy, you will be able to advance these emotional and social skills and ensure your child is on a path of success when coming in contact with others.
Watching for these signs of delayed development in babies and toddlers can help assure these symptoms don’t transform into lifelong problems for your child. Early Developmental Therapy Consultants can help your child advance in their physical, emotional, and social development. You can set up a consultation to have your child evaluated for the developmental delays you think are occurring with their behavior and get them on track for normal growth.