Children born prematurely tend to reach milestones a little later. Children that suffer from cerebral palsy and other medical disorders sometimes skip certain developmental milestones. Some of these milestones include rolling over as an infant, sitting up as an infant, crawling or walking, talking, potty training as a toddler, dressing as a toddler, or independent feeding.
Are growth problems considered a skipped developmental milestone?
Some physicians consider growth problems as part of disabilities associated with skipping developmental milestones. After all, sometimes infants develop disorders and disabilities due to low weight associated with the disease (problems such as spasticity in the digestive tract preventing natural digestion, problems with spastic movements,, and trouble swallowing or eating based on oral muscular disabilities). Because the growth problems are in direct relation to disabilities, growth problems are sometimes considered skipped developmental milestones.
Occupational therapists focus on teaching so that infants and children can go on to experience a richer and more independent life. Sometimes they struggle with these milestones because they have an intellectual disability as a facet of cerebral palsy, and sometimes the nature of the cerebral palsy has limited their muscle movement and they don’t have control enough over their muscles to perform these tasks.