Signs of a developmental disability are often easy to spot early in a child’s life. Health professionals call them developmental “delays.” If your child has a delay, or you are at high risk of having a child with a developmental disability, get an assessment and services.
Health professionals who know child development can teach parents and children about early delays. Parents can learn about how to change their diet during pregnancy to prevent delays, how an infant’s mind and body develop, and how to stimulate their child.
High-risk babies under 3 and parents at high risk of having a child with a developmental disability can get preventive services from regional centers.Sections 4642 and 4644. Regional centers must give preventive services the same priority as services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.Section 4644.