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Child Development

Problems in Child Development:

Problems in child development can arise due to: genetics, prenatal circumstances, the presence of a specific diagnosis or medical factors, and/or the lack of opportunity or exposure to helpful stimuli. Specific assessment by the best fit professional (which may initially be the GP or Paediatrician, and then Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Psychologist and/or Physiotherapist) can provide clarity about the developmental issues and extent of concern as well as can help to formulate a plan to overcome the challenge(s). As the process of child development involves multiple skills developing simultaneously, there may then be benefit in consulting multiple professionals.

Overcoming the developmental challenges is crucial to maximising the ease and speed of development, minimizing the gap that occur between a child’s ability and those of their same aged peers, the confidence of the child as well as the frustration that can be encountered by the child’s parents and/or care-givers.

Act now if you are concerned about your child’s development by calling us on 1800 KIDSENSE (1800 543 736).

Specific information about Child Development by developmental skill and age group

Charts: The following charts can be use by parents to determine if their child’s development is progressing within the normal range (please note this is only a guide not an absolute assessment) and possible implications if a child has not reached typical developmental milestones for their age.

Checklists: The following checklists can be used by parents to highlight areas that a child’s development may be delayed in and to determine whether an Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology assessment may be beneficial to their child.