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Developmental delay

developmental; delay; disability; milestones;

Parents want their babies and children to be the best they can be. Parents, family members and friends often compare babies as they grow and develop and notice the first to walk, to say a word or develop a new skill.

If your baby or child seems slower to learn new things than others of the same age, it is best to get them checked. If there is a problem, early help means a better future.

There is a wide range of what is considered to be ‘normal’ growth and development for babies and children. It varies from very ‘bright’ children to those who take longer to learn new things but are still able to lead a happy life. We all have different things we can do well and things we are not so good at.

While babies and children go through the same stages of development, they do so at different rates.

To find out more

Have a look at the Parent Easy Guide developed by Parenting SA

  Parenting SA - is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (South Australia). 

  • More Parent Easy Guides ‘Children with a disability’, ‘Milestones 0-4 years’, ’Learning to talk, ‘Toilet training’ and ‘Growing and learning in the family’ 

Resources in South Australia

Child and Family Health Service

  • Parent Helpline 1300 364 100.
  • Child and Family Health Centres
    1300 733 606 9am to 4.30pm for appointments

Disability SA

National Disability Insurance Scheme - South Australia
For information about disability services in South Australia


Raising Children Network
For information about raising children with a disability

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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