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Does Your Preschooler Have a Developmental Delay? (page 2)

Does Your Preschooler Have a Developmental Delay?

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Updated on May 4, 2009

What to Do

If you have concerns about your child’s development, discuss them with an expert. Bertok recommends speaking with your child care provider or pediatrician, as they observe many same-aged children and can be a helpful resource if you feel your child is lagging in any of these areas.

Your child’s preschool teacher can also be a great resource in letting you know if your child is on track for her age group. It's also a good idea to discuss your concerns with your pediatrician at your child’s check-up. In addition to assessing overall health, pediatricians watch for development delays by asking questions about your child’s social, motor, and language skills.

If your child’s developmental delay appears significant, make an appointment immediately rather than waiting for the next annual check-up. Your pediatrician may assure you that your child is normal, or she may suggest testing. “Early detection and intervention is critical if there are true delays in a child's development,” Bertok warns. Intervention helps many children increase their skills or competence. If your child is diagnosed with a developmental delay, the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) can provide information on government programs, special services, and disability organizations to support you and your child.

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