5 Things to Know About Adopting a Child With Developmental Delays
- “Developmental delays” is a broad term that can describe anything from late speech to learning disabilities to hitting milestones like crawling or walking later than average.
- Developmental delays are usually caused by a lack of one-on-one attention between a child and an adult in the earliest phases of life, and they are common in children who have lived in orphanages.
- Speech and language delays are very common among adopted children, since these skills form best when a child receives lots of individualized attention from birth to age 5.
- Many adopted children have huge growth spurts during their first year with their family. A child’s physical, emotional and developmental changes can be astonishing!
- Some developmental delays can be overcome with early intervention, including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Others may be life-long and require long-term support and resources.