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My toddler is showing signs of developmental delays. What should I do next?

Hi everyone,

I am a worried parent of a 2-year-old toddler who is showing signs of developmental delays. Despite my constant efforts to engage my child in interactive play and activities, I have been noticing that my child is having difficulty with basic tasks like speaking, walking, and socializing with other kids of the same age.

It is my first time experiencing such challenges as a parent, and I am not sure what to do next. I have heard of early childhood intervention programs, but I don't know how to get started. I have also been pondering whether this is just a phase that my child will grow out of, or should I be seeking professional help?

I would be grateful for any advice or guidance from parents who have gone through similar experiences or professionals who work with children with developmental delays.

Thanks in advance!

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napoleon74

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this with your child. My son was also showing signs of developmental delays around the same age. I was very worried, but I knew that I had to take action to help him.

I contacted our pediatrician, who referred us to an early intervention program. They did an assessment of my son and determined that he would benefit from speech therapy and occupational therapy. They also suggested some activities that I could do at home to help him improve.

It was a bit overwhelming at first, but I soon got into the swing of things. We attended therapy sessions once a week and I did the at-home activities with him every day. It was amazing to see the progress he made over time.

Now, my son is almost 4 years old and he is doing so well. We still attend therapy once a month just to check in, but he doesn't have any more delays. I would highly recommend reaching out to an early intervention program in your area. They can be incredibly helpful and supportive.

Don't be afraid to ask for help. You're doing the right thing by seeking advice and taking action early on. Best of luck to you and your child!

clyde.bosco

Hello,

I completely understand the challenges and emotions that come with seeing a child struggle with developmental delays. I faced a similar situation with my son when he was younger.

After noticing that he was struggling with certain basic developmental milestones, I reached out to our pediatrician, who recommended an early intervention program. We were referred to a team of professionals who evaluated my son and provided us with a plan of action.

The program consisted of occupational therapy and speech therapy sessions, which we attended on a regular basis. The therapists also gave us activities to do at home to reinforce what was being done during the sessions.

I found that consistency and repetition were crucial in helping my son progress. It was important to interact with him positively and give him plenty of feedback and praise for his efforts. It was also helpful to connect with other parents going through similar experiences for support and motivation.

The program helped my son make significant progress, and he was eventually able to catch up with his peers. My advice to you would be to trust your instincts and seek help sooner rather than later. Early intervention is critical, and there are resources available to support you and your child through this journey.

Stay positive and keep pushing forward. Remember, every child develops at their own pace. You are doing everything you can to help your child succeed, and that is what matters most.

kemmer.rodrick

Hello,

I completely understand how worrying it can be to see your child struggling with developmental delays. When my son was younger, I noticed that he was having trouble with his motor skills and speech development. After consulting with my pediatrician, we were referred to an early intervention program.

The program consisted of occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy sessions. The therapists gave us activities to work on at home to reinforce what was being done during the sessions.

It was not an easy journey, but with consistency and patience, my son made progress. The key was to consistently practice the skills being taught in the sessions and give plenty of encouragement and positive affirmations. It was also important to celebrate his small milestones along the way and not focus too much on where he was falling behind.

Eventually, my son was able to catch up with his peers and exceed our expectations. He is now a happy and thriving child.

My advice to you would be to take action as soon as possible and trust the professionals who recommend an intervention program. Work with them and ensure you follow through with therapy sessions and activities at home. Remember, with patience, hard work, and determination, your child can make progress and catch up.

Wishing you and your child all the best!

anabelle.goyette

Hi there,

I can relate to what you're going through as I also had a similar experience with my child. My daughter started showing signs of developmental delays at an early age, and like you, I wasn't sure what to do next.

At first, I was in denial and thought that it was just a phase that she would grow out of eventually. However, after discussing with my pediatrician, I realized that early intervention was crucial for my child's development and future success.

We were referred to an occupational therapist and a speech therapist who worked with my daughter for some time. They gave me tips on how I could continue the therapy at home, which I incorporated into our daily activities.

It was challenging, to say the least, but the improvement was noticeable after every session. Although my daughter still received therapy for some time, it was reassuring to see her progress.

My advice to you would be to keep an open mind and seek professional help as soon as possible. The earlier the intervention, the better the chances for your child's success. Remember also to be patient, consistent and most importantly, don't give up!

Wishing you and your child the best of luck!

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