• Potential Signs of Developmental Delays

    There are several general "warning signs" of possible delay. These include:

    Behavioral Warning Signs

    •  Does not pay attention or stay focused on an activity for as long a time as other children of the same age
    •  Focuses on unusual objects for long periods of time; enjoys this more than interacting with others
    •  Avoids or rarely makes eye contact with others
    •  Gets unusually frustrated when trying to do simple tasks that most children of the same age can do
    •  Shows aggressive behaviors and acting out and appears to be very stubborn compared with other children
    •  Displays violent behaviors on a daily basis
    •  Stares into space, rocks body, or talks to self more often than other children of the same age
    •  Does not seek love and approval from a caregiver or parent

    Gross Motor Warning Signs

    •  Has stiff arms and/or legs
    •  Has a floppy or limp body posture compared to other children of the same age
    •  Uses one side of body more than the other
    •  Has a very clumsy manner compared with other children of the same age

    Vision Warning Signs

    •  Seems to have difficulty following objects or people with eyes
    •  Rubs eyes frequently
    •  Turns, tilts or holds head in a strained or unusual position when trying to look at an object
    •  Seems to have difficulty finding or picking up small objects dropped on the floor (after the age of 12 months)
    •  Has difficulty focusing or making eye contact
    •  Closes one eye when trying to look at distant objects
    •  Eyes appear to be crossed or turned
    •  Brings objects too close to eyes to see
    •  One or both eyes appear abnormal in size or coloring

    Hearing Warning Signs

    •  Talks in a very loud or very soft voice
    •  Seems to have difficulty responding when called from across the room, even when it is for something interesting
    •  Turns body so that the same ear is always turned toward sound
    •  Has difficulty understanding what has been said or following directions after turning 3 years of age
    •  Doesn't startle at loud noise
    •  Ears appear small or deformed
    •  Fails to develop sounds or words that would be age appropriate