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Need of monitoring for developmental delay

Mental Health and NDIS

Developmental delay largely affects the normal growth of a child. The health condition of the mother during her pregnancy is one of the prime factors on which a child’s growth and development majorly depends upon. The symptoms of Developmental delay can be deceiving at early stages. That’s why a good assessment from a paediatrician is necessary to find out whether the child has any signs of developmental delay. This assessment is called developmental monitoring. 

Any prospective issue noticed in developmental monitoring should be followed up with developmental screening. Developmental screening is a short test to tell if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should, or if there are delays.

If a child has a developmental delay, it is important to get help as soon as possible. Early intervention and identification can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills, as well as reduce the need for costly interventions over time.

Developmental Disability Causes and Risk factor Associated with It

Developmental disabilities can be manifested anytime during the developmental period and usually last throughout entire life-span of a person. Most developmental disabilities begin at the prenatal stage that means before a baby is born. However, the same can happen at post birth period majorly because of infection, internal injuries or other neurological factors.

Most developmental disabilities are thought to be caused by a complex mix of factors. 

These factors may include:

  • Genetics 
  • Parental health and behaviours (Such as smoking and drinking during pregnancy. 
  • Complications during birth 
  • Infections the mother might have during pregnancy or the child might have very early in life. 
  • Exposure of the mother or child to high levels of environmental toxins, such as lead. 

Moreover, in some cases of developmental disabilities, there is ‘fatal alcohol syndrome’ which is primarily caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Living with Developmental Disability

Living with developmental disability can be daunting for both the child and his/her parents. Children and adults with disabilities need proper health care and health programs for the same reasons. They also need to stay well, active and to be included in the community.

At OSAN Ability we offer specialist disability accommodation along with professionally trained health care personnel and nurses to take care of various client needs. Feel free to contact us on 0404 490 444 or visit our website


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