Developmental Delay

This information is useful for children
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Arnold Gesell, MD, PhD, the first director of the Child Study Center, is widely recognized as one of the first to focus on the study of normal child development.
  • We provide thorough assessments to clarify the problem and identify what support a child needs to fulfill potential.​
  • We work with your child through one-on-one diagnostic play sessions and use evidence-based measurement tools to gather valuable insight.

Most children move fairly smoothly through the predictable phases of child development—but some experience difficulties. A baby may have a birth defect that interferes with his development, causing him to progress in fits and starts, meeting some milestones on time and others much later. Some children develop normally for months or even years but then falter, with development slowing down, stopping, and sometimes even going backward. 

These are all examples of what’s called “developmental delay.” Whatever the specifics of an individual case, Yale Medicine’s Child Study Center provides a comprehensive assessment that can clarify the problem and identify what support a child needs to help him fulfill his potential.

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