Developmentally Delayed Child Uses Walker in Halloween Costume

Coming up with new ideas for Halloween costumes can be a challenge for any mother. But it may be even more of a challenge for Ashley Davis from Tennessee. By tying balloons to her son Angler’s walker, she magically transformed him into a Disney-themed Up character. Now, she is afraid that no other costume will be able to top it. Angler, who has developmental delays, is just a 2-year-old, but finds happiness in doing things other children can do. Developmental delays can be detected within the first month of a child’s life. However, it is important to know the signs and possible causes.

Ashley Davis said she feels her son would like to be like other children. Creating a unique costume for him is just one of the ways she can help him. By treating him like any other child and working with him to make him more mobile and independent are just some of the ways his parents are showing their support. They are also taking him to regular physical therapy appointments.

Angler goes to physical therapy twice a week to build up his core strength. Due to his progress, he transitioned from a wheelchair to a walker. He walks normally with the walker and stands completely on his own. His parents hope the walker is only temporary.

What are Developmental Delays?

Developmental delay is a diagnosis where a child is not reaching their developmental milestones at the expected time. Developmental milestones are sets of skills a child should have at a certain age. These milestones begin and can be measured after only one month of age. There are several different signs to watch out for in their developmental process. Milestones include a child’s ability to smell, see, hear, coordinate and communicate. They include social, physical and cognitive skills. To see what the milestones are for different stages in childhood, read our developmental disabilities page.

What are the Causes of Developmental Delays?

Birth injury, like birth asphyxia and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can cause developmental delays. Untreated infections and improper use of delivery tools, such as forceps and vacuum extractors, are some of the reasons why these birth injuries occur.

If your child is developmentally delayed, medical malpractice could be the cause. Call Reiter & Walsh, P.C. to find out more information about your potential case. With over 60 years of experience in birth trauma and HIE cases, we have the knowledge to win your case. Call us for a free case review.

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