Children develop on their own schedule, and minor delays in normal development may not be a major concern. However, if your child is experiencing ongoing or multiple developmental delays, therapy at Solaris Pediatric Therapy in Houston, Texas, with Courtney Sanderson, CCC-SPL, and the experienced therapists, may provide the skills your child needs to progress and catch up. To request a therapy consultation to discuss your child’s developmental delays, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

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What are developmental delays?

If your child doesn’t reach their developmental milestones as expected based on their age, then they have developmental delays. Though some children may lag behind in development, for a formal developmental delay diagnosis, the delay must be an ongoing problem.

Developmental delays may involve gross or fine motor skills, speech, thinking, or social abilities. Your pediatrician diagnoses a developmental delay based on a strict set of guidelines. If you notice your child isn’t meeting developmental milestones as you’d expect (not talking or crawling), scheduling an appointment with your pediatrician may provide the answers and care your child needs.

The team at Solaris Pediatric Therapy can’t diagnose a developmental delay, but they can provide the therapy your child needs, regardless of whether their delay is mild or severe.

What causes developmental delays?

Your child’s developmental delays may have many causes. For some children, the delays are related to a childhood disorder such as:

  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Congenital disorders

Developmental delays may also occur from an acute health issue, such as exposure to lead or an ear infection. In many cases, the exact cause of your child’s developmental delay is unknown.

What can I expect during a developmental delay evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come to see the therapists at Solaris Pediatric Therapy for help managing your child’s developmental delay. The team takes a unique approach to care and evaluates many factors that may affect your child’s development, including:

  • Ability to regulate their nervous system
  • Sensory processing abilities
  • Visual system
  • Reflexes
  • Capacity for social engagement
  • Behavior

The team also spends time talking to you to gather information about your child’s developmental and medical history, as well as your family history. The details gathered during your child’s developmental delay evaluation helps them better understand your child’s world and why they experience the challenges they do.

How are developmental delays treated?

The therapists at Solaris Pediatric Therapy create personalized treatment plans for your child based on the area affected by their delay, as well as their diagnosis and overall health and wellness needs.

The therapists are trained in multiple therapy techniques and develop a comprehensive program that addresses your child’s needs and helps them reach their goals. Therapy may include occupational therapy and physical therapy.

To schedule a consultation with the team at Solaris Pediatric Therapy for your child, call the office or request an appointment using the online booking tool.