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What is developmental delay?
Development occurs within a wide range, and no two children develop in exactly the same way. However, when children fail to meet developmental milestones in the expected time frame, they may have developmental delays. This means their development is behind the norm in one or more of the following areas:
- Physical development (fine and gross motor skills)
- Cognitive development
- Social and emotional development
- Communication development
What are the characteristics of developmental delay?
Children with developmental delays are a very diverse group. By definition, they are behind other children in acquisition of skills in one or more developmental domains. This can be a relatively isolated problem, such as a child who appears to be developing typically except in expressive language, or more global, as in the case of a child who shows delays in multiple domains.
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