What causes developmental delays?
Causes of Developmental Delay
Genetic or hereditary conditions like Down syndrome. Metabolic disorders like phenylketonuria (PKU) Trauma to the brain, such as shaken baby syndrome. Severe psychosocial trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
What causes delay in fine motor skills?
Causes of fine motor delay
Premature babies often exhibit fine motor delay, as well as children with Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy. Delays could also be due to vision problems, dyspraxia, or other issues.
Can developmental delay be overcome?
For some people, the delay in their development will be short term and can be overcome with additional support or therapy. In other cases the delay may be more significant and the child will need ongoing support. This indicates they may also have a learning disability.
What causes motor delays in children?
Some motor delays result from genetic conditions, such as achondroplasia, which causes shortening of the limbs, and conditions that affect the muscles, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. They may also be caused by structural problems, such as a discrepancy in limb length.
What are the symptoms of developmental delays?
Signs of a Physical Developmental or Early Motor Delay
- Delayed rolling over, sitting, or walking.
- Poor head and neck control.
- Muscle stiffness or floppiness.
- Speech delay.
- Swallowing difficulty.
- Body posture that is limp or awkward.
- Muscle spasms.
When do developmental delays appear?
Sometimes, a significant delay occurs in two or more of these areas. When that happens, it’s called “global developmental delay.” It refers to infants and preschoolers up to age 5 who show delays lasting at least 6 months.
At what age are fine motor skills fully developed?
Fine Motor Development Checklist
|6-7 years||Drawing detailed pictures with recognisable objects.|
|7-8 years||Writing neatly.|
|Holding a pencil with a 3 fingered grasp and generate movement from fingers (not wrist).|
Can language delay be cured?
Simple speech delays are sometimes temporary. They may resolve on their own or with a little extra help from family. It’s important to encourage your child to “talk” to you with gestures or sounds and for you to spend lots of time playing with, reading to, and talking with your infant or toddler.
Does developmental delay mean autism?
Areas of delay may include speech and language, social, cognition, play and motor skills. Children with GDD will typically present as younger, or behind, their typically developing peers. A child diagnosed with GDD may later be diagnosed with a more specific diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).