From birth to age five, your child should reach certain developmental milestones such as sitting up, taking a first step, smiling for the first time and talking.
A developmental delay is when your child does not reach these milestones at the same time as other children of the same age.
Trust your instincts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help.
If your child is delayed in his or her development, or you know your child was born with a disability, there are many programs, services and supports that can help your child reach his or her full potential.
Children ages birth to five may be eligible for early intervention services through First Steps and Early Childhood Special Education through public schools.
In addition to learning about these programs, be sure to explore “Supports & Services” to learn about other local, state and federal programs that can provide services and supports to your child and family.
Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself and your child is to connect with other families.
Visit our Helpful Resources & Links to find local, state, and national organizations, including The Arc, that can offer you information, support and friendship; as well as other resources.