Fine motor skills include playing, drawing, coloring, dressing up, and eating. Gross motor skills can pertain to standing, walking, balancing, and running. Social skills have cooperation, interaction, making friends, and connecting with family.
Language skills will include murmuring, making noises, saying words, and using body language. Cognitive skills consist of listening, reading, remembering, observation, and problem-solving.
Motor delays are easy to see, but language and cognitive delays take time. In many cases, both the latter will take a few years before they’re understood unless early detection happens. If the child is curious by nature, engages, and is sociable, it takes time to detect any developmental issues.
Problems like hearing loss and visual acuity issues can cause delays in development. Your pediatrician will account for medical issues before they diagnose a child for “mental retardation.”
Treating Developmental Delay
For many developmental delays, there are different types of diagnoses and treatments usable for children. These will help in the detection and cure of many development issues.
For starters, newborn and postnatal developmental screening happen to find potential developmental disabilities. These occur at different months, usually at 9, 18, 24, and 30 months. For children at higher risk for developmental problems, discuss with their healthcare if more screening can help.
The developmental test uses a screening tool to indicate if a child is on the right track. It is not, however, diagnosis. If the screening tool finds an area of concern, formal diagnostic methods will take place.
Formal evaluation happens with a trained specialist, usually with a developmental pediatrician. Some other specialists, like a child psychologist or a speech pathologist, can also help.
How Birth Injuries Can Cause Developmental Delay
Some things need to happen to determine if birth injuries or medical malpractice caused birth disability or developmental delay, some things need to happen. For starters, the child needs to undergo careful observation, along with intelligence testing. Rigorous interviews will happen to find potential causes, together with full-scale lab testing.
Malpractice suits would need to involve a specialist, which means diagnosis and treatment needs to occur. If the child is positive for developmental delays, the journey will continue. Your child will receive medical care, undergo special schooling, and even lifelong therapy.
Keep in mind that developmental delays can limit your child’s future options. It can prevent them from living with independence as an adult. Expect emotional and financial burden, too, especially for more complicated cases.
Consult a Birth Injury Attorney About Your Child’s Developmental Delay
Developmental delays can happen to anyone’s child. If you took good care of yourself during pregnancy and have no history of potential causes at all, you and your child can be due to a birth injury. Complications from poor care during pregnancy or delivery can cause such issues.
If you believe your child is the victim of a developmental delay, there’s potential for medical malpractice. Talk to an experienced birth injury attorney or medical malpractice lawyer to see if negligent care entitles you to compensation. Consult with a veteran attorney today at The Clark Law Office.