Children develop at different paces, with some progressing ahead of others. Siblings may achieve milestones at different periods in the same family. Minor momentary delays usually are not a cause for concern, but a persistent delay or several delays in attaining milestones can indicate future difficulties. Developmental delays are defined as delays in reaching linguistic, intellectual, social, or motor skills milestones. A range of causes, including inheritance, prenatal problems, and premature birth, can cause developmental delays. Argyle developmental screenings/ADHD are vital to pinpoint these delays in time, to enable early treatment. It’s not always clear what’s causing the issue. Developmental delay can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious underlying disease that a clinician can only diagnose.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

ASD is a term used to describe a collection of neurodevelopmental disorders. Autistic persons think, move, communicate, and process information in ways that neurotypical people do not. Autism is most commonly diagnosed in early childhood and is characterized by significant language and social development delays. At each child’s well-child appointments, your pediatrician will inquire about their progress. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that every child be examined for autistic symptoms using standardized screening methods between the ages of 18 and 24 months. Signs can be visible early on, but they may not be detected until a kid is two or three years old. ASD manifests itself in a variety of ways, but the most common signs and symptoms are delayed speech and language skills and difficulties communicating and engaging with others.

Since every autistic individual is different, symptoms and how they are experienced differ widely. Among the signs and symptoms are:

  • Refusing to respond to their name.
  • Hatred of being cuddled or played with by others.
  • Face without expression.
  • Difficulty or inability to communicate, carry on a conversation or remember words and sentences.
  • Movements that are repeated.
  • Establishing specific routines.
  • Issues with coordination.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most typical pediatric neurodevelopmental diseases. It is primarily diagnosed in childhood and lasts far into adulthood. Babies with ADHD may struggle to pay attention, control impulsive behaviors, or be highly active. It is usual for children to struggle with attention at some point in their lives. Conversely, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviors. The symptoms persist and can be intense, causing problems at school, at home, and with friends. A child with ADHD might:

  • A lot of daydreaming.
  • Frequently forgetting or misplacing things.
  • Fidget or squirm.
  • Excessive talking.
  • Make sloppy errors or take unwarranted risks.
  • Can’t seem to keep yourself from giving to temptation.
  • Having a hard time taking turns.
  • Having trouble getting along with other people.

A child’s growth is influenced by various genetic and environmental factors, leading to delays. Children with developmental delays can be born to women who had a healthy pregnancy and receive sufficient care during and after pregnancy. Despite the fact that the causes of delays are difficult to define, numerous treatments and support services are available to assist. The sooner you can identify a delay, the better your child’s growth as an adult. Call Argyle Pediatrics or book an appointment to learn more about controlling ASD and other developmental delays issues.

By Alexander James

Beau Alexander James: Beau, a mental health advocate, shares personal stories, coping strategies, and promotes mental health awareness and understanding.