Some children develop at different rates.
For example, they may:
- have a delay in speech
- show signs of a hearing difficulty
- take longer to reach physical milestones, such as sitting up or walking
- struggle at school
Often there is nothing to be worried about. Your child may catch up in their own time.
Sometimes, these early signs may mean your child has a difficulty or disability of some kind.
A disability can range from very mild to severe.
Get advice from a healthcare professional
If you think that your child may have a delay or a disability, make an appointment to see your GP or public health nurse (PHN) as soon as possible.
If they are concerned, they can refer you to your local Children's Disability Network Team (CDNT).