A developmental delay is when a child is not developing physically, mentally or emotionally at the expected ages. Our psychologists are specialists in child development which enables us to provide high quality and comprehensive assessments and interventions. Being experts in child development and psychology allows us to identify subtle behaviours to provide a reliable and accurate assessment.
A developmental delay may be noticed when a child is not reaching ‘developmental milestones’ when they are expected to and they are taking a significant amount of time longer to reach the milestones.
A developmental delay can occur in an isolated area, multiple or all five areas. The five key developmental areas are:
Developmental delays do not have one specific cause, they may be caused by birth complications, environmental issues or medical conditions. Developmental delays may be an indicator of future difficulties. Being aware of developmental milestones and expected ages will help to identify developmental delays at the earliest possible point and allow focused interventions. Health visitors or early years settings may be the first to suspect a possible developmental delay.
At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.
Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion
Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:
On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.
A developmental delay is assessed by observing and interacting with the child and speaking with parents or carers to gain a holistic understanding of any difficulties. A developmental delay can usually be assessed up until 3 years and 6 months. If the child or young person is older then we would advise reading about the learning difficulties services we offer. During the assessment process our educational and child psychologists will be looking for areas of strength in addition to areas of developmental delay. A full assessment of developmental delays would include using the Bayley assessment.
The Bayley is a play-based assessment which allows the assessment of the five main developmental areas, this assessment is suitable for babies from 1 month to 42 months.
The assessment may find that your child does not have a developmental delay, however your child may benefit from focussed interventions or strategies to strengthen specific developmental areas. Following the assessment there will be an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the assessment and whether further interventions are required.
This assessment is not intended to diagnose a developmental delay. Assessment results will lead to recommendations for interventions or adaptations to encourage development and will be written up in a report.
Our psychologists provide bespoke interventions targeted for identified areas of developmental delay and support the following:
To talk to a member of our team in relation to specific interventions please contact us.
The duration of an assessment depends on the age of the child, which means that a quote can be provided following an initial discussion. An assessment can be the first instance of assessment or could take place following an existing diagnosis or prior screening. An assessment may take between 1 hour to 4 hours.
A developmental delay can occur for a number of reasons and can be supported through focussed early interventions. Assessments include standardised assessments, observations and questionnaires. If you feel as though your child may have a developmental delay, please contact us to arrange an initial discussion or to discuss your needs.
Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £160.