Reasons for Concern in Eighteen Month Old Infants

It is not generally possible to determine what significance delays at this age will have for later development. However, by noting problems early and providing appropriate services the impact of delays may be minimized, skills may be enhanced, and the level of skills may be maintained. It is important to remember that an infant’s medical history can be critical in determining whether or not a further evaluation or referral for service is necessary. A particular delay in development may require different responses depending on the infant’s previous medical and developmental course. While for children who have no history of health problems, a "wait and see" approach may be appropriate for some delays. However, developmental delays in high-risk infants generally warrant more immediate attention.

If you notice any of the behaviors listed below speak to your child’s primary care provider about your concerns. Your child’s primary care provider can help decide if your baby needs an evaluation by a pediatric audiologist, pediatric ophthalmologist, developmental psychologist, physical/ occupational/ speech therapists, or other specialists.

It may be of concern if by eighteen months corrected age an infant:

Developmental Progress Clinic (DPC) Home