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Developmental Delay Treatment Information
Our physicians, geneticists and counselors work with pediatric specialists on a collaborative program to address your child’s developmental delays. Treatments generally consist of one or more forms of therapy including speech, occupational, physical or developmental. You may also need services from Indiana University Health dietitians, psychiatrists and social workers. We connect you with these specialists.
- Genetic counseling. If testing indicates your child has a genetic disorder, you will likely meet with a genetic counselor. The genetic counselor explains to you what children with a specific condition are like, how they develop, and which treatments and services are helpful. You may meet with the counselor at a clinic operated by the IU Division of Clinical and Biochemical Genetics.
- Developmental screening. You and a pediatrician monitor your child’s growth and development at regular well visits. Short tests determine if your child is learning basic skills on time. If problems are noted, interventions can begin right away.
- Early intervention. Services offered between birth and age 3 can greatly improve your child’s ability to talk, walk and interact with other people. The sooner your child receives help, the better he or she will perform in social and school settings.
- Occupational therapy. Your child may need assistance in learning daily activity skills such as getting dressed, bathing and eating.
- Physical therapy. If your child has a condition that limits his or her ability to move, physical therapy helps improve motor skills, balance, coordination and strength.
- Mental health. Depending on your child’s condition, a childhood mental health issue may exist. This refers to changes in the way children typically learn, behave or handle emotions. A variety of conditions require mental health services, from autism to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Child and adolescent psychiatry services can provide in-depth evaluation and collaborative treatment.
- Nutrition. Some developmental delays may impact how well your infant eats. Babies may need special nipples or assistance with feeding. Older children may need special diets to stay healthy. A registered dietitian will recommend the proper caloric intake needed for your child to grow and remain healthy.
- Clinical social workers. These professionals are vital to managing your child’s care. Social workers assist you in making the right accommodations for your child at school. They provide access to disability services for your child through Medicaid waivers.
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Developmental Delay Support Services
Learn more about developmental delay treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Developmental Delay Support Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This government agency delivers a wealth of information about child development and developmental delays, including diagnosis, treatments, research and lots of free resources. The CDC also provides more specific facts about developmental disabilities.
CDC interactive screening tool
The CDC offers a comprehensive screening tool to help you determine if your child is showing developmental delays.
Indiana’s First Steps program provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities or who are developmentally vulnerable.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
This division of the National Institutes of Health offers information on the signs and diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities.