Removing the Stigma of Delays
Every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, in his or her own way. Even so, it can be hard to watch other kids reach milestones before your own son or daughter. Parents, it’s important to remember that there is no shame in having a child with a developmental delay. Here’s why:
- Developmental delays are more common than they seem. In the United States, 17 percent of kids younger than 18 have different developmental and behavioral abilities, according to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. This percentage may sound small, but it actually means that at least one in every six American kids has experienced a developmental delay.
- Children can focus their energy on some areas of development more than others. Every child develops differently. While some kids are early talkers, others are early walkers, and vice versa. If your child experiences a developmental delay, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong. It just means he or she is developing a little differently from his or her peers.
- Different isn’t bad. In many ways, it’s beautiful. Every child deserves a chance to make his or her mark on the world. Every child deserves a chance to shine and can, regardless of how he experiences or interacts with his surroundings.
Understanding and appreciating your child’s development will give you a chance to view him or her in a new light. Value your child’s strengths, cherish every day, and appreciate the things that make them unique.
If you or someone you know has a child with developmental delays, Any Baby Can can help. Give us a call at 512.454.3743 to learn about the resources and support services we provide for children with developmental delays.