Many parents find excitement and thrill in discovering child developments. You can see mothers who are always holding their cameras to capture essential milestones for their babies or toddlers. These moms are always looking forward to seeing the first step taken by their children or the first words spoken by the kids. This practice can put some undue pressure on your part.
You may find it intimidating to realize that the kids of your friends, who are of the same age as that of your child, have already developed their skills. Do not feel sad about this because such feeling is only normal. However, you must not allow this to bring you down. There are so many things that you can do to deal with developmental delays in children. Francyne Zeltser, Psy.D. said, “Children meet developmental milestones when they are ready. There are ranges of what is considered appropriate and what may be considered delayed.”
Understand the fact that there is no accurate timetable for development.
The first thing that you need to remember is to understand the fact that babies can develop differently. There is no strict or accurate timetable for their development.
Just because one child has already reached a particular age does not mean that he automatically acquires specific skills. Keep in mind that some factors can result in the delay in development.
Determine the problem that is causing the delay.
Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D., LMFT said, “Rather than focusing on weaknesses, find ways to assist your child in developing to his or her full potential. When encouraged, children will acquire talents to compensate for any deficiencies.” Stop guessing the probable reasons why your child is not developing well as compared to other kids who are of the same age. Once you notice that there is a slow development for the child involved, do not hesitate to call the assistance of professionals.
Try to inquire about some medical findings so that you can determine the problems at the early stage. Take note that the earlier that these complications are addressed; the easier is it to cure or control them.
Help your kids develop.
The assistance of parents in the development of a child plays a significant role. It is instrumental in helping the kid acquire cognitive skills or language skills. Make sure that you use some strategies or methods to help your kid improve his or her skills. For example, if you want the child to learn how to think correctly then you can use educational toys to teach while the latter is having fun.
Stop rushing it.
The pressure that you feel right now is only normal. You are probably annoyed with the questions or interrogations asked by other mothers as to the development of your child. The best thing to do here is to keep your cool.
Do not rush the development of the child, as there is a correct process that must be followed for it. Jaclyn Shlisky, Psy.D., often said, “Each child learns and grows at his or her own pace.” Stop pressuring yourself as it can only lead to more frustrations and eventually lack of focus. Be present at the moment so that you can address the problem in the right manner.
If the developmental delay has become severe, then maybe it is about time to consider the expertise of a professional. Do not hesitate to ask the help of a medical practitioner who can explain to you the possible causes for the delay.