Written by Andrew Sarski on March 4, 2011
What is Developmental Delay?
Developmental delay describes any significant delay in a child’s behavioral, physical, cognitive, social or emotional development, compared to what is considered normal for the child’s age. For example, if a child begins to form sentences six months or more after most other children his age, the child may be described as being developmentally delayed in the area of language and speech.
Developmental Delay Symptoms
Children suffering from developmental delay may display any number of abnormal cognitive, behavioral, vision, hearing, or motor skills, including:
- Failure to use gestures, like waving
- Failure to recognize function of certain objects
- Inability to imitate actions or words
- Aggressiveness or stubbornness
- Lack of attention or focus
- Excessive focus on certain unusual objects
- Abnormalities in size or color of eyes
- Closing one eye while looking at objects in the distance
- Moving head in unusual position to look at objects
- Speaking often in very loud or very soft voice
- Difficulty understanding what was said
- Inability to develop sounds or words at an appropriate age
- Stiff arms and legs
- Using one side of body more than the other
- Unusually clumsy in manner
Developmental Delay Treatment
There are different treatment methods for developmental delay, depending on the type of development which has been affected. Cognitive developmental delay may call for educational intervention in order to help the child develop specific cognitive skills. Children suffering from language and speech development delays may be referred to a speech-language pathologist in order to have their hearing tested and to receive speech therapy. Children who experience vision problems may require glasses, contacts or surgery. For children who struggle with inhibited motor skills, increased physical activity or physical therapy may be required. Children who suffer from behavioral problems may require medication and special types of behavioral and skill-oriented therapy.
Developmental Delay Injury Legal Help
Children suffering from developmental delay may experience difficulties in every aspect of their lives, resulting in major complications and a severely decreased quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered from developmental delay and you believe a defective product to be the cause, you are not at fault and you may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries. Victims of serious injury resulting from the use of a defective product should contact a defective product attorney as soon as possible to discuss the benefits of filing a defective product lawsuit. The goal of defective product lawsuits is to seek financial compensation for victims’ injuries, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering sustained by victims and their families. With the help of a defective product lawyer, victims of developmental delay can develop a successful personal injury case and collect the compensation they deserve.