It is such a beautiful and amazing experience observing your child grow and develop from infancy. The first time they smile, reach out for you, turn his/her head, each moment is a huge accomplishment! It is important to know that your child’s development is not a race. Each of these experiences has a huge impact on your child’s development of their nervous system and understanding of themselves, others, and their environment. Trying to rush your child through development interferes with their opportunity to fully connect their nervous system and body with his/her environment. The challenge is knowing when something is not quite right with your child’s development.
Most of the time your intuition is correct! You sense something is not quite right… BUT when you ask your pediatrician you can get the response of, “Don’t worry, they will grow out of it” or “They will catch up”.
Here are a list of “red flags” to look out for in relation to your child’s development:
- Motor Patterns
- Reaching each motor milestone later than recommended
- Quickly transitioning from crawling to standing to walking
- Skipping crawling
- Displaying increased crying and avoidance during tummy time
- Awkward or asymmetrical body movements (i.e. his/her leg stretched out during crawling)
- Difficulty with running, jumping, climbing, catching and/or throwing
- Difficulty isolating fingers to grasp and release objects
- Limited fine motor skills to manage dressing fasteners, color, write, and/or cut
- Social/Play Interactions
- Appearing very blunted in his/her affect
- Not reacting to your facial expressions and/or verbal interactions
- Exhibiting delayed vocalizations and/or talking
- Avoiding play/interactions with peers
- Difficulties sharing or taking turn with others
- Sensory Experiences
- Avoiding movements- becomes distressed when head is tilt backwards, avoids playground equipment, etc.
- Appearing clumsy or uncoordinated
- Avoiding textures/tactile input- includes food, type of clothing or fabrics, messy play, etc.
- Becoming distressed by loud, unexpected noises and/or everyday sounds (toilet flushing, vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, etc.)
- Always appearing to be on the go, difficulty remaining seated, always seeking movement
- Appearing very distracted when there are numerous things to look at
- Bumping into walls or others without noticing
If you identify 1 or more of these delays in your child’s development, then occupational therapy can help! My Kids Therapy is an outpatient pediatric occupational therapy practice that offers a whole-person approach to therapy focused on promoting the growth and development of your child within his/her family.
Please contact us with any questions regarding developmental delays or to schedule an initial evaluation: 410-451-5700 or info@MyKidsTherapyMD.com