Red Flags: Occupational Therapy Screening Tool for 1-Year-Olds

What are red flags? A red flag is characterized as marker of delayed development in a child. These can manifest in many different ways. While every child is unique in their development and timeline of growth, there are certain behaviors that are universally causes for concern. For 1-year-olds, be aware if your child:

  • Not mouthing toys, difficulty transitioning to textured foods
  • Difficulty eye tracking movement (decreased visual regard for toys and/or people)
  • Does not appear interested in cause and effect toys
  • Always content to lie/sit in one place
  • Not imitating sounds, gestures, emotions, etc.
  • Difficulty getting to sleep, easily awakened
  • Takes a long time to respond even to familiar voices or startles easily
  • Delayed head control (fully developed 4-5 mos.)
  • Frequent irritability with difficulty calming
  • Withdraws/fussy to with touch (examples: changing diaper or clothes, bath time, wiping face).
  • Resists being held, becomes upset when moved, when placed on back for diaper changes, etc.


Pediatric Advanced Therapy provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to the greater Charlotte area. We have two offices in Mooresville and Salisbury, with a Charlotte office opening in May 2017.

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