Question: What is developmental delay in a child?

A developmental delay refers to a child who has not gained the developmental skills expected of him or her, compared to others of the same age. Delays may occur in the areas of motor function, speech and language, cognitive, play, and social skills.

Can a child with developmental delays catch up?

Kids can outgrow or catch up from developmental delays. Developmental disabilities are lifelong, though people can still make progress and thrive. Conditions that can cause developmental disabilities include Down syndrome, autism , fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and brain injuries.

Does developmental delay mean autism?

While kids with autism may have developmental delays, those delays can have other causes, like lead poisoning or Down syndrome, or even no known cause. Narrowed interests: Children with autism sometimes get very interested in particular activities or things, like maps or ceiling fans.

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