Sunday, June 23, 2013

Repost: Report: Intervention services needed for babies with developmental delays

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.

May 23, 2012 If you're worried that your infant doesn't seem to be developing properly but your doctor dismisses your concerns, there's a possibility that you could be right to seek out another opinion.

One out of three babies that does poorly on routine developmental tests does not receive necessary follow-up care, according to a Reuters report.

Extra care, or intervention services, can mean a lot to make a difference for kids who may trail their peers in physical or intellectual development according to the report, which is based on a Stanford University School of Medicine study involving more than 5,000 California children.

"I think it was really shocking to see that... a significant proportion of them weren't getting referrals," Dr. Brian Tang, lead author of the study, said to Reuters.

Children who spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are especially at risk for such delays, the study reported.

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