Types of Developmental Delays

Types of Developmental Delays

According to the most recent DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), a majority of developmental delays were eliminated and combined to fit under the autism umbrella. It is now referred to as a spectrum disorder with one end being low-functioning and the other end being high-functioning. These levels are determined by the level of functioning at the onset of the diagnosis of autism.

When to Seek Treatment for Developmental Delays

The best thing you can do is take action and acquire real knowledge about the diagnosis to make great decisions for your child. The earliest help is the best! It is common for parents to go through a “denial” period where they refuse to accept the situation – but it is best to make a move before it is too late.


Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental delay that affects the otherwise natural development that a human being goes through over the course of their childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The term autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech & nonverbal communication. According to research, we know that there are subtypes of autism and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. In the United States, an estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum. Click here to learn more.

Other Conditions

In addition to autism, there are many other types of developmental delays and conditions that can be treated with ABA therapy. These include but are not limited to the following: cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Landau-Kleffner syndrome, muscular dystrophies, and genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. Click here to learn more.