Detecting Developmental Delays: How to Recognize Signs in Your Child

Do you suspect your child might have a gross motor developmental delay? It can be hard, especially for first-time parents, to distinguish between a simple lagging behind versus a true developmental delay in your child. A developmental delay is often diagnosed when a child does not reach their developmental milestones when expected. They can range from minor to something more significant.

To aid you in recognizing potential delays, here’s a simplified breakdown of expected gross motor skills for children at different ages:

By 2 years old, your child should be able to:

  • Walk independently on varying surfaces
  • Walk up and down stairs holding on
  • Climb up and down furniture
  • Transition between positions without environmental support
  • Start to learn to run and jump

By 5 years old, your child should be able to:

  • Use stairs independently
  • Run, jump and climb
  • Gallop and skip
  • Stand on one leg for five seconds
  • Hop five times on one leg

By 10 years old, your child should be able to:

  • Ride a bike ideally without trainers
  • Have appropriate ball skills for team sport
  • Skip and hop consecutively
  • Stand on one leg for ten seconds
  • Be able to swim

Keep in mind that children grow and develop at different speeds, and you as the parent know your child better than anyone else.

At Ohana Physiotherapy, we specialise in providing paediatric physiotherapy services across the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast, , particularly catering to NDIS needs. Our goal is to support your child’s optimal development and help them reach their full potential.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s development, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We are here to assist you in your child’s journey towards improved health and enhanced mobility.

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