About 17 percent of children have a developmental delay. Although your doctor is an expert at spotting a social or emotional delay, you are the one who spends the most time with your child. Knowing when to expect social and emotional milestones, and alerting your pediatrician if you suspect a delay, is the best way to prevent future problems and help your child reach his or her full potential.
Your child’s pediatrician will perform regular evaluations to make sure your child is meeting his or her developmental milestones. It is important to talk to the doctor if you have concerns. Developmental delays can be sign of a serious neurological issue, so your doctor may refer your child to a neurologist for additional testing and evaluation.
CHOC specialists in psychology and neurology partner closely with the following community organizations to coordinate care for children with developmental delays.
Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
In collaboration with CHOC Children’s, UC Irvine and Chapman University, the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders provides services for children from birth to 22 years of age with autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions. The center offers individual consultations, treatment recommendations, parent training, behavior intervention, speech and language therapy, psychology services and referrals to community resources. Learn more about the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Regional Center of Orange County
Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) is a private, nonprofit organization that coordinates services and support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Learn more about Regional Center of Orange County.
Help Me Grow
Through a partnership between CHOC and the University of California, Irvine, the Help Me Grow program connects families with additional developmental resources for children up to age five. Care coordinators work one-on-one with families to find appropriate community services, including screenings, in-home training and parenting classes and support groups. Learn more about Help Me Grow.
Child Behavior Pathways
Child Behavior Pathways, formerly known as CUIDAR, provides quality services to Orange County families and providers and promotes the social, emotional and cognitive development of children ages 0-5. The program helps children succeed in their home and school environments by placing an emphasis on parent/teacher education, prevention and early intervention and cultural needs throughout the community. Learn more about Child Behavior Pathways.