A developmental delay is occurring when a child is not reaching specific achievements at the expected times. This could take many different forms including gross or fine motor skills, language skills, social skills, or thinking skills. If a child is temporarily not keeping up with peers, but eventually catches up as they grow and mature, it is not a developmental delay.
Autism is a developmental disorder that limits the individual’s ability to communicate and socially interact with others. While it is permanent, conditions can be improved greatly with intervention during the right years in life.