Does My Child Have A Developmental Disability?
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving are called developmental milestones. Milestones are measured by how children speak,move, learn, play, and behave. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his/her age, it could be an indication that she/he has a developmental disability or delay.
Developmental disabilities are conditions that result due to impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. Developmental disabilities are long-term conditions that begin during the developmental period of life.
In most cases, they impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.
What Are Some of The Signs?
Pay attention to your child’s abilities to react or perform activities that are typical for their developmental age group. Early identification and intervention can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills, as well as reduce the need for costly interventions over time.
There is a substantial need to recognize, as early as possible, those children with delays. If you are worried about your child’s development, do not wait to ask questions. Start seeking help. Many developmental disabilities are present at birth.
But others may not be recognized and identified for months or years.
Developmental disabilities include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intellectual Disability
How Can SCLARC Help?
SCLARC is a private, non-profit which contracts with the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and coordinates services with community service providers for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. With our team of skilled and trained professionals, we provide lifelong, person centered planning and service coordination.