Ask the Experts
My 15-month-old is clumsier than other babies his age. My doctor thinks we should let him get comfortable with his body before seeing a specialist, but I don’t want to wait. What do you suggest?
Don’t wait. A good occupational therapy evaluation will give you a lot of information and can be fun for your son. As often as not, this type of visit is not only 100 percent reassuring, but you’ll also get tips for encouraging and recognizing normal growth and development. If there is a problem with your son’s motor skills, early diagnosis and therapy can make a huge difference.
By the way, I feel the same way when it comes to questions about a child’s hearing, vision, language and more: Trust your doctor, but trust your instincts more.