The most important conversations to have with your doctor are those regarding concerns about your child’s development. You know your child best and studies have shown that parents are the first to detect 70-80% of all disabilities in children. The delay in reaching developmental milestones is usually the first symptom of CP. If you have concerns about your child developing normally, it is urgent that you share them with your child’s doctor early and often. Take steps to ensure you get the time and attention you need by expressing your concerns when you schedule the appointment and indicate you may need additional time for developmental testing. Make sure you are prepared with specific concerns and developmental milestones you’re worried your child isn’t meeting. Remember to be insistent, ask all of your questions, and follow up. You and your child cannot afford to be misinformed because of a doctor’s busy schedule. For more information on how to speak to someone about your concerns, please visit Cerebral Palsy News: How to Talk to Your Doctor about a Developmental Delay.