As parents we often put pressure on ourselves, comparing our children with children in their peer group, worrying when our children do not appear to be achieving milestones. Quite often we worry needlessly; all children are different, our children will achieve the age appropriate milestones in their own time, and we just need to be patient.
Some developmental disabilities are apparent from birth, such as Down syndrome or are diagnosed shortly after. But sometimes it is not so apparent and all we have is our inner voice telling us something is not quite right.
Some things to look out for:
- Lack of communication, eye contact
- Difficulties feeding
- Little interest in social interaction
- Behavioural challenges
At this point it can be useful to keep a diary, building up a picture of your child and your concerns. These can help to establish which support will best help with achieving developmental progress.