Developmental Delay: How We Treat

How is developmental delay treated in kids?

Patients with Developmental delay are examined in the Neurosciences Institute

If there is an underlying medical reason causing developmental delay,identification and treatment of that condition may improve your child’s developmental skills.

Although there is no cure for developmental delay, therapies directed to the specific area of delay are very effective in helping children catch up to their peers.These types of therapies include:

  • Physical therapy is helpful for children with delays in gross motor skills, often addressing issues related to muscle tone, strength and coordination.
  • Occupational therapy addresses fine motor skills, sensory processing and self-help issues. The occupational therapist, along with the speech therapist, may also address feeding issues related to delays in oral motor skills or sensory processing issues.
  • Speech and language therapy addresses problems in the areas of understanding and producing language and speech sounds. The speech therapist may also be involved in development of feeding skills. 
  • Early Childhood Special Education provides stimulation for early developmental skills,including play skills.
  • Behavioral therapy may be needed in some children to address behavioral difficulties that affect socially appropriate behaviors.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child's developmental delay?

Our Child Development Unit includes developmental pediatricians, psychologists, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists and social workers who all have extensive experience working with children and their families with developmental delays.

Our clinicians work closely together in interdisciplinary teams, and may refer children to other medical providers at Children’s Colorado to help with additional assessments or therapies when needed.