Addressing Physical Delays Early On

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Alicia Amsberry, PT, DPT

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Developmental delay describes a child who may be behind in one or more areas of developmental milestones. Approximately 14% of all toddlers and preschoolers in the United States are classified as having developmental delay and 1 in 4 children through the age of 5 are at risk for a developmental delay or disability.

motor development

In a previous blog post, we spoke about the benefits of early intervention and the importance of addressing developmental delays early on. This applies to physical development as well. 

Physical development refers to fine motor and gross motor skills a child develops throughout childhood. When we say physical delays we are referring to delays in the following developmental skills:

Developmental milestones

Gross Motor Development

Large muscle movements, building strength in muscles.

  • Reaching
  • Rolling
  • Sitting
  • Crawling
  • Pulling to Stand
  • Cruising
  • Walking 
  • Climbing
  • Jumping
  • Running

Fine Motor Development

This involves small, more precise movements.

  • Grasping
  • Transfer object from one hand to the other
  • Stacking Blocks
  • Release an object voluntarily 
  • Bangs two objects together
  • Pointing
  • Waving
  • Using scissors
  • Scribble, drawing, writing 
  • Dressing

Addressing a family concern of delayed development is so important. The earlier we, as professionals, can intervene, the more likely we are to identify and treat the developmental delay(s). We are able to address concerns, support families, provide programs and services specifically designed for your child. 

Waiting too long to address developmental delays can lead to unwanted risks, future difficulties for your child, and the possibility of further delays.

Developmental delay

Here at Milestone, our therapists empower parents to seek additional services and assistance when needed. We provide early intervention services to families in order to prevent long-term childhood difficulties. 

Are you unsure what a delay may look like? Or wondering if your child is delayed? Our therapists provide a depth of knowledge and are more than happy to answer your questions and address any concerns. Click the link below to set a time for a free consultation

We want to come alongside you and your child as you navigate their development.