How are Developmental Delays Different from Other Learning Disabilities?
Delays in development differ from other types of learning disabilities in that they may improve with intervention and may eventually disappear. For that reason, it is important to be aware of early signs of a problem.
Some delays and disabilities are linked to exposure to risk factors during the prenatal period. Fortunately, some of these disabilities are preventable through appropriate prenatal health care and healthy prenatal lifestyle choices. Delays can also be normal for your child, and she may catch up with her peers without the need for further intervention.
What are the Types of Developmental Delays?
- Cognitive Skills;
- Social Skills and Emotional Skills Functioning;
- Behavior; and
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills.
Public schools offer screening and comprehensive assessment services to determine if your child has a developmental delay, how significant it is, and if special education is needed. Future testing as your child grows can detect learning disabilities.