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What is developmental delay?

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

As parents, we often worry that our children are not keeping up with other children of the same age. We worry that if our children are smaller or their skills develop more slowly, they may have developmental delay. In fact, every child has their own development pace. A difference of 1-2 months is acceptable. Sometimes, it's just a lack of experience or skipping a development step. Parents don't have to scare themselves.

So, what exactly is considered "developmental delay"? Parents can refer to the [Children's Health Handbook] to observe their children's performance in terms of movement, cognition, language, emotions, and social adaptation. If their performance is "significantly" behind that of children of the same age, and such condition does not improve with practice, it is recommended to go to a medical institution for a more detailed assessment and examination to confirm whether it is really "developmental delay".

Developmental delay is a term used to describe when a child doesn't meet developmental milestones on time. These milestones can encompass various aspects of development, such as language, cognition, motor skills, and more. It doesn't mean your child won't reach these milestones; they may just need extra support and time. Many children face developmental delays, and with early intervention, they often achieve their full potential.

When a child is diagnosed with developmental delay, it doesn't mean they won't reach a typical level of development. Instead, it provides an opportunity for families and professionals to work together to ensure the child's needs are met.

Understanding developmental delay is the first step in alleviating parental anxiety. We understand this can be unsettling, but remember, you don't have to face this challenge alone. At Zoothingly, we have a team of highly skilled and experienced consultants who specialize in providing support and guidance to parents of children with developmental delays. We understand the challenges that come with raising a child with special needs, and we are here to help.

Early intervention is the key to success. We encourage you to seek professional help proactively, as this will lay a solid foundation for your child's future. Don't hesitate; reach out to us immediately. We offer first-level free consultation. This is the first step in releasing anxiety and securing your child's healthy development. Contact us:


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