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A child with delayed development may not show behaviors and abilities that are typical of the child’s age. An infant may have difficulty swallowing, sucking, and chewing; developing coordinated tongue movements for speech; achieving independence in eating, dressing, and using the bathroom; understanding relationships between people, objects, time, and space; and developing problem-solving and coping strategies.

Occupational therapists who work with children are knowledgeable about typical stages of development and the appropriate physical, mental, and behavioral milestones.

What can an occupational therapist do?

What can parents and families do?

(Adapted from www.aota.org)