Developmental Delay Law and Legal Definition

Developmental delay means “a significant discrepancy in the actual functioning of an infant, toddler, or child, birth through age 5, when compared with the functioning of a non-disabled infant, toddler, or child of the same chronological age in any of the following areas: physical, cognitive, communication, social or emotional, and adaptive development as measured using standardized evaluation instruments and confirmed by clinical observation and judgment. A child classified with a developmental delay before the age of 5 may maintain that eligibility classification through the age 8.” [32 CFR 57.3; Title 32-National Defense; Subtitle A-Department Of Defense; Chapter I-Office Of The Secretary Of Defense; Subchapter D-Personnel, Military And Civilian; Part 57-Provision Of Early Intervention And Special Education Services To Eligible Dod Dependents]