The first two years of a child’s life are a critical time for brain growth and development, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This period of incredible growth is also a window of opportunity to help children who may need support developing their gross motor, fine motor and speech skills. If you suspect your child may not be developing on a typical schedule, what should you do?
It’s important to recognize whether your child’s development is “on track,” or happening along the timeline that healthcare professionals would expect for a healthy child. It’s estimated that one out of 40 children are born with an early motor delay. You know your child best, so if you have questions or concerns you should always speak with your pediatrician, who may refer you to a therapist or developmental pediatrician. Trained therapists and child development specialists can conduct an evaluation of your child’s skills to determine if he or she would benefit from therapy. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also developed an online tool to help parents identify motor delays in their children; you can find it here.
There are many options and treatments available for babies experiencing motor delays or any other developmental delays.
- “If a child is delayed in large motor skills such as sitting up or walking, he or she may be referred to a physical therapist.
- If a child is having trouble understanding language, using language, or swallowing, he or she may be seen by a speech/language therapist.
- If the child is having trouble with fine motor skills, visual motor skills or independent living skills, such as feeding himself, picking up small objects, or buttoning his clothes, he or she may be referred to an occupational therapist.”
Source: “Is Your Baby’s Physical Development on Track?” HealthyChildren.org. The American Academy of Pediatrics. 15 Oct 2015
Here at EJ Therapy, we offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; all are available in individual or group settings depending on the needs of your baby or child. Our warm, experienced staff is ready to help you with a consultation, evaluation or therapy services to address any concerns you have about your child’s development.