How is Developmental Delay Treated?

There is no one treatment that works for every child with a developmental delay. Children are unique; they learn and grow and develop in their own way, at their own pace, based on their strengths and weaknesses. Any treatment plan will take this uniqueness into account and be designed to focus on individual needs. Early intervention services are the main theme of treatment, but any underlying conditions that have led to developmental delay will need to be treated as well. Early intervention services may include:

In addition, if there are other disabilities present medical or surgical treatments may be required to manage those conditions.

It is important for all children with developmental delay to have their hearing and vision evaluated so that untreated visual or hearing impairments do not complicate the situation.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)

First Signs

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Learn the Signs. Act Early (with checklists for Developmental Milestones)

National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs

Zero to Three