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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014
Elizabeth A Finley-Belgrad, MD
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