Developmental delay occurs when a child exhibits a significant delay in the acquisition of milestones or skills, in one or more domains of development (i.e.,
gross motor, fine motor, speech/language, cognitive, personal/social or activities of daily living).
Objectives: To Assess the Knowledge of Adults about Motor, Language and Socio Adaptive milestones of children (1-5 years) and its association with Demographic Variables.
Materials and Methods: Type of study – Cross sectional study, Study population and area- Urban health center field practice area is 16 kms away from the college at Pedhawaltair. It has a population of 21418 with Adult population were 7200 persons. Sample size – 384. Study tool: Pretested Prevalidated semi structured questionnaire was developed which was divided in to 4 section, Demographic variables,9 questions on Motor, 6 questions on Fine motor,10 questions on language and 9 questions on Social adaptive milestones.
Results:In 34 questions regarding milestones, 20.17 ± 4.38 questions were answered correctly in that 9,6,10 and 9 questions were from gross motor, fine motor, Language and social Adaptive development respectively, out of which on an average 5.89, 3.70, 6.34, 5.02 questions were answered correctly. Knowledge was significantly associated with Age, Females, Married, Homemakers/Skilled workers/ unskilled workers, Joint family members.
Conclusion: 66.15% of the adults were having average knowledge score and 29.95% respondents having good knowledge score (>65%) and 3.91% of the adults have poor knowledge.