Red Flags

As a parent or caregiver, if you see any of these behaviors in a child we encourage you to talk with the child’s pediatrician or schedule an appointment for a basic developmental screening at Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc.

  • 6 weeks: Difficulty organizing suck, swallow, breath (difficulty feeding)
  • 2 months: Not obtaining visual focus – not interacting with caregiver faces
  • 4 months: Not bring hands to midline, not reaching for toys
  • 6 months: Not initiating some type of rolling movement, Not grasping and holding toys
  • 8 months: Not sitting alone
  • 9 months: Not crawling on belly or hands and knees
  • 10-12 months: Not using pincher grasp (finger and thumb) for self-feeding
  • 12 months: Does not babble, coo or gesture, Not walking behind push toy or pulling to stand
  • 16 months: Not taking steps independently, Does not say single words
  • 24 months: Does not say two word phrases
  • 2-4 years: Observed to be a “clumsy kid” (tripping over feet)

Any age:

  • Hesitant to interact with others or the environment, appears to be overly sensitive, described as a “fussy baby”
  • Overly passive baby, not exploring the environment, “wall flower”
  • Perpetual movement, no sit-down time, no balance between movement and rest.
  • Delays in development affecting multiple areas
  • Consistent walking on tip-toes for an extended period of time
  • Has any loss of any language or social skills
  • Child does not know how to play with toys
  • Child has poor eye contact
  • Child seems to prefer to play alone.
  • Avoids using both sides of his/her body or exhibits a strong one side preference.