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Recognize Developmental Delays

While every child develops at a different rate, there are certain milestones children should be reaching by certain ages. “The best way to know if your child is delayed is to
talk to your pediatrician,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.

There are four main areas in which children can show delays:

  • Language and speech – possible causes include autism, a learning disability or hearing loss
  • Movement – possible causes include “sensory integration dysfunction,” problems with vision or myopathy, a disease of the muscles
  • Emotional and social skills – possible causes include autism, neglect or attachment disorders
  • LeDoux-Johnson_JoyCognitive skills – possible causes including learning disabilities, autism or exposure to alcohol during pregnancy

“Your doctor watches for certain red flags,” says LeDoux-Johnson. “For example, if your child cannot talk in short phrases by age 3, there may be a delay.”

For more information call 573-331-3000.

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