Developmental Delay: If you are worried, Act Early
Rolling over, crawling, taking the first step, waving “bye bye” or calling “mama” are all memorable moments for parents. All these moments show that the child is growing, developing and achieving important milestones in his or her life. How your child plays, communicates, and interacts with others or learns offers important clues about your child’s development.
These milestones are different for each age range. Developmental milestones show a normal range of skills that most children are able to perform by certain age. For example, walking may begin as early as 9 months in some children. At the age of 2, most of the children can speak in 2 to 3 words phrase (for example, “eat rice” or “mummy come”) or follow two-steps instructions such as “take your bottle and put on the table”. It is important to recognize your child’s developmental milestones and know what to do if you have concerns about your child’s development.
If you have concerns about possible delays in your child’s development, we are here to help. We currently provide free online consultation. You can talk to our consultant to identify whether your child is just developing at a slower pace or at risk of developmental delays and may need help.
If you child (below 3 years old) shows any of the signs of below, your child might need help:
- Seldom smiles or looks at others
- Seldom shows affection or points to show things to others
- Being too quiet
- Can only say a few words
- Unable to follow simple instructions
- Shows no interest in interactive games
If your child (below 4 years old) shows any sign of below, your child might need help:
- Have unusual fear of strangers or new environment
- Easily get emotional
- Can’t play along with other children
- Doesn’t play pretend
- Doesn’t know how to play with simple toys
- Hardly understands what others say
- Unable to answer simple social questions like “What is your name?” or “Where is your bag?”
- Having difficulty speaking in sentences
- Has very short attention span