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What to Ask Your Pediatrician When You Suspect Developmental Delay

Father Holding His SonWhile every child grows at their own pace, doctors use milestones to measure developmental progress. The first years of a child’s life will be marked with growth in areas such as motor, verbal, and cognitive skills. Parents are intimately familiar with their children. As such, they are often the first to detect when something is off in terms of developmental progress. If you suspect that your child may be experiencing some developmental delays, start the conversation with your pediatrician.

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

The questions you ask the pediatrician should center on language, motor, and social skills. Most children start moving, speaking, and responding to others within the first year of their lives. If they do not walk or speak at least six words their 18th month, it may be cause for concern.

When meeting with the pediatrician, ask questions such as:

  • How are my child’s language skills developing? Do they meet the normal milestones?
  • Is there anything I should worry about regarding my child’s speech?
  • How are their gross and fine motor skills? Would therapy or rehabilitation help?
  • Should I be concerned if my child does not socialize with other people?

If your pediatrician does diagnose your child with delays in motor, language, or cognitive skills, we’re here to help. We offer pediatric therapy and rehabilitation services that can help your child with physical, occupational, and speech needs – all from the comfort of their own home. Call today to learn more about our Texas Pediatric in home care.


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