Developmental Delay

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Jacqueline McCluskey
CDFR 4300 Developmental Delay

At least 8 percent of all preschool children from birth to 6 years have developmental problems and demonstrate delays in one or more domains. (Pediatric Perspective, 2003). Developmental delays occur when a child does not reach the developmental milestones by the expected time. It can affect one or more of the five areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social and emotional, and adaptive. If a child is experiencing a delay in the area of social/emotional then their ability to communicate could also be affected.
According to IDEA developmental delay is defined as: Child with a disability for children aged three through nine (or any subset of that age range,
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- imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children, increasingly aware of herself as separate from others, increasingly enthusiastic about company of other children;
36-48 mos. - interested in new experiences, Cooperates with other children, Plays “Mom” or “Dad”, increasingly inventive in fantasy play, Dresses and undresses, Negotiates solutions to conflicts, more independent;
48-60 mos. - wants to please friends, wants to be like her
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