Diagnosing Developmental Delays
Remember that kids develop at different rates. That said, if your kid is consistently behind his peers in reaching developmental milestones, you might want to have him evaluated by your pediatrician. She will use very specific criteria and guidelines to determine whether or not your kid should see a developmental specialist.
Here are some signs that there might be developmental delays:
- By 12 months: If your baby can't sit on his own by his first birthday and isn't even trying to crawl, there may be an issue. You baby should be able to pull herself to a standing position, imitate sounds, and follow basic directions.
- By 18 months: Your toddler should be able to stand without help and take some steps. He should be able to speak at least 15 words and to imitate you.
- By age 2: Your toddler should be able to use two-word sentences, feed himself and take off his own clothes (sometimes when you don't want him to!).
- By age 3: He should be speak clearly enough to be understood, engage in pretend play, dress himself, and ask questions (sometimes way too many!).