The term developmental delay means a delay in one or more of the following areas: physical development; cognitive development; communication; social or emotional; or adaptive development.
- Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition™ (ASQ-3) (Free Confidential Online Developmental Screening provided by Easterseals)
- Centers for Disease Control: Learn the Signs. Act Early
- Department of Social Services: Milestones of Child Development
- Developmental Screening Fact Sheet / Hoja infformativa sobre el analisis del desarrollo (English and Spanish)
- Infant and Toddler Connection Virginia
- Speech and Language Developmental Milestones
- Speech and Language Developmental Milestones (Spanish version)
- VDOE Training and Technical Assistance Centers
Developing the appropriate social skills is an important part of the growth and development of any child. Observe your child at play. Does he/she interact with other children? Do they initiate conversations and turn taking with others? Are they able to follow one step instructions, such as "sit down"? Talk with your child's daycare provider to get their thoughts on your child's social development.
Additional resources are available by contacting your local school system. Many municipalities offer programs such as a state funded preschool initiative. Local agencies outside of your school system may also sponsor community programs for toddler and preschool age children.
Parents play an important role in the education of their children. You are your child’s best advocate. You are the only permanent member of the special education team. Parents have the right to be invited to and are encouraged to participate in any meeting having to do with the education of their child.
- Attend scheduled meetings about your child
- Ask questions and request help when you don’t understand or need help with something
- Your local Parent Resource Center and your child’s school are there to help (see Center for Family Involvement website).
Determining if your child needs accommodations and/or related services and what those accommodations and/or services might be is an IEP team effort. Do some research to learn more about supplemental aids and services available for your child. Contact your local Parent Resource Center (Center for Family Involvement website) for information and resources that may help you determine what supports might help your child in the classroom. Bring your thoughts and resources to the IEP meeting. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.