Cognitive Deficits (cont.)
Cognitive Deficits Symptoms
- Early in childhood, a parent or other caregiver might notice that a child
has a global developmental delay (delays in all areas of development, including
language, walking, self-care skills, and/or imitative play). Children with more
severe impairments or those with obvious dysmorphic features are often
identified in the first year of life.
- Some parents may only notice a delay in their child after a younger sibling
catches up developmentally to the child with the developmental delay.
- In other instances, the child might first demonstrate behavioral issues
(such as difficulty toilet training), that may ultimately come to the attention of
a medical professional and be found to be related to delays in development.
- With less significant impairments, the first sign of a cognitive deficit
might be difficulties in school. For example, the child might have trouble
learning to read and do math.
Elizabeth A Finley-Belgrad, MD
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