Friday, June 9, 2017

A new interactive tool is available to help parents assess whether their child’s physical development is on target for their age.  Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, this tool is designed for parents who have concerns about their child’s physical activity up to age  five.  

Called the “Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For” can be found at  and is provided at no cost.

Sometimes it’s very hard to figure out if there are delays.   For example if an infant always uses the same hand to bring a toy to their mouth could be an indicator that there is a motor delay. But remember, all children develop at their own pace and many delays are not serious.  If you do have a concern that these delays might be of a more serious nature, we encourage you to try the tool as some children may have conditions such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.  Early intervention is important to help your child reach their full potential.

Don’t hesitate to talk with your pediatrician if you are worried.  We are here to help you and can connect you to appropriate therapy if necessary.

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