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Signs of Possible Developmental Delays: Social and Emotional Development
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The following may be signs of developmental delay. There is a wide range of typical development. However, follow up with a pediatrician if your child shows signs of delays.

Remember, though, that most delays are not serious. Most children eventually catch up. Even children with serious delays can make big improvements when treatment begins as early as possible. Treatment may include early intervention with a specialist, including play, behavioral, and skill-oriented therapy. Intervention may also include socializing with adults and peers.

Birth to Three Months
  • Does not smile
  • Does not pay attention to new faces
Three to Six Months
  • Shows minimal affection towards caregivers; refuses to cuddle
  • Does not smile or laugh
  • Does not enjoy being around people
Six to Twelve Months
  • Has a lot of trouble being comforted at night
  • Shows little enjoyment around other people
  • Does not attempt to attract attention of others
  • Does not laugh
  • Has trouble with new objects or experiences
  • Does not take turns with sounds, smiles, or facial expressions
Eighteen to Twenty-four Months
  • Lacks social skills or prefers interactions only with familiar adults
  • Does not enjoy play
Two to Three Years
  • Does not respond to people outside the family
  • Continues to have great trouble separating from parents
Three to Five Years
  • Continues to protest when separated from parents
  • Refuses to respond to people and has little interest in other children
  • Does not engage in a variety of activities
  • Does not express a range of emotions or appears unengaged much of the time

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