Developmental Delays

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness

Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Many children move relatively well through the expected stages of child development, but it's not uncommon for some to experience developmental delays. With licensed child development experts on staff, Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness in Atlanta, Georgia, knows the red flags that are often present with developmental delays. They offer effective services to address your child's emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and social growth. Call the practice today to schedule your appointment with pediatric psychologist Jennifer Poulos, Psy.D or another skilled member of her care team.

Developmental Delays Q & A

What developmental milestones should I expect in my child?

Although your child is unlike any other, their development should reach certain milestones. Developmental milestones include significant events in your child’s life, such as talking and walking, along with other markers of your child’s growth. Milestones serve as indicators that they’re on track with other children in their age group.  

Although the items below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aren’t an exhaustive list of developmental milestones, they may help you understand whether your child’s development is on target:

Six months

By this age, your child responds to emotions in others and can tell familiar faces from strangers. They babble, respond to their name, and rollover from front to back, and back to front.

One year

Your child at this age plays games like peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake, responds to simple requests, and is developing a growing vocabulary of words such as “mama” and “dada.” They like to explore and can get into a sitting position without your help.

18 months

By this age, your child engages in pretend play and understands the purposes of ordinary objects, such as a plate, telephone, or brush. They drink out of a cup, eat with a spoon, and walk on their own.

If your child isn’t hitting these milestones, this may be a red flag of an underlying issue. 

What is a developmental delay?

Developmental delay is a condition where your child doesn’t reach developmental milestones at the ages he or she would normally be expected to.

Your child may lag behind their peers one or many of these different areas:

  • Thinking
  • Speech
  • Social skills
  • Emotions
  • Behavior

A variety of factors, including your family history, problems with pregnancy, or premature birth, may lead to developmental delays. 

If you’re concerned about your child’s development, don’t wait. Acting early on developmental concerns can make a real difference for your child and your family.

What if my child is not reaching developmental milestones?

Contact the team at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness as soon as possible. They begin to evaluate your child by asking you to complete a screening questionnaire. They assess your child for signs of delays in your child’s speech, behavior, cognition, and much more. 

If your child is developmentally delayed, your provider recommends services specifically tailored to meet your child's needs, including behavioral therapy, speech therapy, and treatments that address the needs of your entire family.

For family-centered services for developmental delays, call Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness or book a consultation online.