Develemenntal Delays

Angelina - posted on 04/26/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son has been delayed pritty much sence he was born with his develop,ent and has just caught on a few months later... hes now seing a developemnt specialst and she wants him doing ceritan things. iwas wondering if there are other babys the same age gonig though the same thing. some of the things include

1. Stacking Rings - all my son wants to do is take them appart
2. Stacking Blocks - loves to eat them lol
3. Putting Pieces in a puzzle or shape sorted - again loves takeing them apart
4. Puttin Pegs in a Peg bord- likes to eat them
5. Pointing to body parts - like toes

i was wondering if u can give some input if your experincing this as well or if there expeciting ur child to be doing somthing but is not

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Heather - posted on 04/30/2010

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I personally think its ridiculous for peds to think that a 16 month would know all that stuff. Take a child development class and they tell you object permanence, and hand-eye coordination doesnt hit in until around two!

Vicki - posted on 04/27/2010

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I've heard that they "should" know three body parts by 18 months- my son knows nose and toes and bellybutton, for example. As for the puzzles, he cannot do anything complex. He can fit a square or a circle shape onto a board, but not a rectangle or an oval. He can use a shape sorting cube to a certain degree, but he's had that since he was six months old.

My doctor seems to think that my son should be saying more clear words.

Christi - posted on 04/27/2010

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my son was premature and he is actually was ahead of all the other children his age. he can do those things, but he would rather do something else. that might be the situation with your child. and i don't know who told you to see a specialist, but my doctor told me that children don't start knowing body parts and all that jazz until two and puzzles, that just amazes me that they think a 16 month old would get that.

Vicki - posted on 04/27/2010

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Was he premature? I hear it is common to be delayed, as premature babies need time to "catch up" to the time that they had been due. If that is the case, then you have nothing to worry about.



In fact, you likely have nothing to worry about anyway, though you will often be told what he "should" be doing by a certain age. It will all come in time, barring no physical limitations.



Learning to take puzzles apart has to come before learning to put it back together. Your son is halfway there! Knocking down towers comes before stacking them up, and it's more fun to knock them down. You can demonstrate to him, but don't make it so that there is only one right way to do things. Stacking one block on top of another is enough. Before long he'll stack them as high as he can reach.

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