Development delay treatment in Dubai

Developmental delay is a term coined to describe significant delays in the developmental process of a child. The term is often used for children under one year of age but can be applied to older kids as well. Developmental delay describes children who are delayed in acquiring their milestones. The developmental delay could be global where all four domains of development are delayed, or it could be domain-specific like isolated speech delay, motor delay, and so forth.

What causes Development Delay in Children?

There are many possible causes of developmental delay in children, including genetic, chromosomal, neurological, and environmental factors. Some of the medical conditions that cause developmental delay are as follows:

  • Premature birth
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor eyesight and hearing
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • Myopathies, including muscular dystrophies

What Are The Different Areas Of Development Delay?

There are four major areas of developmental delay, which are explained below.

Cognitive and socioemotional developmental delay

Cognitive developmental delay refers to the medical condition of children in which their intellectual abilities and adaptive behavior are considerably below the expected average for their age. The socioemotional developmental delay prevents a child from achieving the same level of function in one or more areas, such as social interaction, emotional regulation, and cognitive functioning.

Language and speech development delay

Language and Speech Developmental Delay is a term that describes the delay in language acquisition, which includes delays in speech development. Language and Speech Developmental Delay can be caused by a variety of factors, such as low birth weight, hearing loss, language, or speech disorders during the first few years of life. This usually is noticed when a child is expected to start saying a few words, usually between 1 year and 18 months of age.

Gross motor developmental delay

Gross motor development delay in babies affects gross motor skills, and it might result in infants having difficulty with crawling, rolling over, and holding their heads up. 

Fine motor delay

This refers to delay in fine motor skills like self-feeding, holding a pencil, pincer grasp, etc.

What Are The Symptoms Of Development Delay?

  • A child presents with developmental delay when they do not show a developmental trajectory in an acceptable range for their age. The problem may be present at birth or arise later. Symptoms of developmental delays can be seen in infants and toddlers who show a delay in their milestones. These symptoms include:

    • Difficulties with feeding and sleeping
    • Stiff arms and legs
    • Sitting, standing, or walking.
    • Incapability to sit without support by nine months of age
    • The dominance of involuntary reflexes over voluntary movements

Why Choose Dr. Arif Khan For Development Delay Treatment In Dubai?

  • On average, children with developmental delay require a series of therapies and treatments to improve their development. Given below are some of the intervention services that are offered by Dr. Arif for the treatment of children suffering from developmental delay.

    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Pharmacological management of spasticity, epilepsy, and other co-morbidities
    • Applied behavior analysis therapy

    Dr. Arif Khan is one of the most renowned pediatric neurologists in Dubai. He has been providing his professional services in Dubai for many years. He is also credited with founding the first comprehensive children’s neuroscience center in the region. Dr. Arif has exceptional knowledge and experience in treating children and infants from all backgrounds.