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Are you or your child experiencing developmental delays and your doctor can’t tell you why?

Whether it’s no intellectual progression, speech problems, slow movement, hand wringing, or something else – a genetic factor may be an underlying cause.

Find out if your symptoms may be linked to a genetic disorder by taking our assessment below and start taking control of your medical journey.

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Key characteristics and other common symptoms of delays

Some children develop normally for months or years and then falter, with their development slowing down, stopping, or sometimes even going backwards. Key characteristics can include:

  • Not crawling, rolling over, or walking when they are supposed to
  • Not babbling or learning new words to talk
  • Does not actively reach for objects
  • Getting frustrated or aggressive due to inability to progress
  • May not make eye contact or respond to their name
  • May also have seizures and speech delay
  • Global developmental delay (significant delay in two or more developmental domains: gross and fine motor, speech and language, cognition, personal and social development, or activities of daily living)

Causes and diseases

Potential causes and diseases associated with delays

Several factors can contribute to delays:

  • Hearing loss
  • Impaired vision
  • Lead poisoning
  • Autism
  • Malnutrition
  • Alcohol or drug use during pregnancy
  • Physical abuse or neglect
  • Dysarthria (problems with muscles controlling speech)
  • An underlying genetic factor

Conditions or rare genetic diseases associated with delays:

  • Conditions such as Autism, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD)
  • Chromosomal disorders such as Down Syndrome or Fragile X Syndrome
  • Rare genetic diseases such as Angelman syndrome, Dravet syndrome, Dup15q Syndrome, FOXG1 syndrome, Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, Ohtahara Syndrome, Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, SYNGAP1
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Tired of not getting answers or think the diagnosis is incomplete? AmbitCare is here to help you take the next step in your healthcare journey with obstacle-free tools, resourcing, and genetic testing.

One in three people with developmental delays and seizures not controlled by medicine have underlying genetic causes. AmbitCare provides free genetic services and 1:1 support. Take our assessment below to find out if you qualify.

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Frequently Ask Questions

The journey to understanding your or your child’s developmental and intellectual delays can be filled with obstacles. See how AmbitCare can help you take control.

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"Before my daughter's diagnosis, she saw multiple doctors who assured me she was okay. One doctor even said he thought I was the problem."


Rett Syndrome

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“Her sample was re-tested years later. Thanks to advances in genetic testing capabilities, we confirmed a diagnosis we couldn’t have found previously.”


CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder

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"Knowing about the different types of genetic tests could have saved us years of searching."


Angelman Syndrome

AmbitCare accelerates the average time to diagnosis from 5-7 years to just around a month

with our 1:1 support.

Signing up for AmbitCare’s 1:1 support takes minutes

and you will receive personalized support within 72 hours of signing up.

Our free genetic counseling and testing take around a month

should you or a loved one qualify.

Avoid the long search and misinformation with AmbitCare’s tailored disease resource library

outlining relevant facts about rare diseases of interest.

Get connected with patient advocacy groups

with our partner organizations for timely updates.

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Get customized 1:1 support and find out if you or your child qualifies for our free genetic services today. It takes less than 5 minutes.

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