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Developmental Delay: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of developmental delay?

Children with developmental delays meet developmental milestones at a slower rate than expected based on their age. Delays in the different areas may occur when a child develops skills slower than other children the same age in the following areas:

  • Speech-languagemilestones (babbling, first words, combining words)
  • Fine motor milestones (grasp and thumb-fingertip skills)
  • Gross motor milestones (rolling over, sitting up, walking, jumping)
  • Social milestones (social smile, eye contact, interest in others, play skills)
  • Problem-solving skills (curiosity, interest, early reasoning skills)
  • Daily skills (dressing, eating, progress with toilet training)  

Each child is an individual who will develop these skills on his or her own time. However, there is a range, usually several months, which is considered “normal” for different developmental milestones.

If you have questions about your child’s developmental progress, you should first discuss them with your child’s primary care physician. He or she will help you decide if your child might benefit from seeing a specialist like those at Children’s Hospital Colorado.