Do you know someone who isn’t sure whether or not to pursue a medical diagnosis for their son or daughter with a possible developmental delay?
Many developmental and learning disabilities are usually not diagnosed until a child enters elementary school. According to the Centers for Disease Control, even most children with autism are not diagnosed until after age 4. These facts are particularly puzzling, since it is well-established that early intervention leads to better outcomes for children with developmental delays and special needs.
So when is the right time to identify a child’s disability?
You’ve waited long enough. You’ve already waited for a year, made some modifications at home, and haven’t seen a significant improvement in the areas of concern.
You’re not quite sure what your child’s special needs are. There are many different symptoms that don’t add up. In this situation, it is usually a good idea to see a developmental pediatrician, who can connect the dots between physical symptoms and behavioral patterns. Different disabilities require different treatments – for example, an anxiety disorder will not be treated the same as a learning disability, even though there is some overlap in the symptoms.
You are unsure if there are underlying problems. Some parents take a child to a developmental pediatrician for behavioral issues and learn that the child has a nutritional deficiency or mild muscle weakness on one side of the body. Sometimes children are unable to verbalize pain, which leads to unusual behaviors or an inability to participate in family activities.
Your child’s special needs are affecting family relationships and friendships. Care-giving is a stressful occupation. An undiagnosed or untreated disability or delay may also make it more difficult for a child to form friendships and participate in age-appropriate social activities.Finding out more about your child’s developmental delay will help your family to better support your child in social situations.
You are unsure or fearful that your child may have some delays or special needs. You are the key to unlocking your child’s potential, despite how scary this process may be. You needed more information to help your child. Seeking help for your child is the first step along this journey.
If you have any concerns with your baby’s development, visit at My Kids Therapy for recommendations. To learn more about your baby’s development, please contact us at 301-552-2370 or info@MyKidsTherapyMD.com