What is Developmental Delay?

Developmental delay can be defined as the failure to meet certain developmental milestones, such as, sitting, walking and talking, at an average age. There are many different reasons why a child may present with a delay in their development and you should seek advice from your Doctor or Paediatrician to investigate the underlying cause.

When a child develops, the nervous system is constantly responding to sensory information the body receives and adapts in order to achieve and consolidate skills. Therefore the experiences a child has are important. Normally, a child develops by exploring their environment through play and they have lots of positive experiences through successfully completing tasks. Children who present with Developmental Delay benefit from repetition and practice of skills through play and positioning and exposure to a variety of movement experiences. Activities such as swimming, ball pools, outdoor play, messy play are examples of excellent ways that can help to promote motor development and sensory stimulation.

At Gateway Physiotherapy, your therapist will complete an in-depth assessment and can provide you with a comprehensive and individual activity programme that aims to promote your child’s development.

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