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Developmental Delay

Early Intervention

Utah’s Baby Watch Early Intervention program serving children birth to three years of age defines a developmental delay as:

“Children birth to three years of age who meet or exceed the definition of developmental delays in one or more of the following areas:

  • Physical development
  • Vision and hearing
  • Feeding and dressing skills
  • Social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Learning, problem solving and play skills

Early Intervention has a list of diagnoses that automatically qualifies a child for services. The program [serving the child] must have documentation of the diagnosis.”

Special Education

Utah’s Special Education Rules to implement the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes the following definition of developmental delay:

“In a student ages 3 through 7, [a student with a developmental delay would demonstrate] a significant delay in one or more of the following areas: physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development. The delay must adversely affect a student’s educational performance.

[Local Education Agencies] (LEAs [– school districts, charter schools or the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind]) that choose to use the classification of developmental delay must conform to the State’s definition of developmental delay, including the age range adopted by the State.”

It’s very helpful to read more about developmental delay. Following are links to additional information:

NICHCY Developmental Delay Resources
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on Developmental Delays. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise.

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs.

What is Developmental Delay?
This website answers many of the frequently asked questions about Developmental Delays, the causes of them, what to do if you suspect DD, early intervention strategies and techniques, special education, and transition.

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