The relationship between parental concerns and final diagnosis in children with developmental delay

Chia Ying Chung, Wen Yu Liu, Chee Jen Chang, Chia Ling Chen*, Simon Fuk Tan Tang, Alice May Kuen Wong

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Abstract

Parental concern is a useful screening approach for early detection of children with developmental delay. We investigated the relationships among parental concerns, functional impairment, and final diagnosis of children (n = 273) with developmental delays. Of these, motor, language, and global delay were most common. Parental concerns, especially in language and motor development, were good predictors of children with language or motor delay, and provided reliable information for detection of children with delays in these domains. Parents were less likely to identify children with cognitive problems, global delay, or associated behavioral problems. Co-occurrence of developmental disorders was also recognized, especially in children with global delay. We conclude that parental concerns are useful information for detection of specific developmental problems in children. Because co-occurrence of developmental disorders is common, their early recognition would be helpful for better care of these children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-419
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 04 2011

Keywords

  • developmental delay
  • developmental disorder
  • parental concerns

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