How to Address Your Employees' Needs if Their Children Have Developmental Delay

Child Development

Posted by Michele Bell on October 4, 2017

EAPs and Wellness Programs are a great way to support the employees in your organization. But are your EAP offerings helpful to the parents on your team in a truly meaningful way? Read on to find out what benefit you can add to your EAP program that can help working parents with an issue affecting 1 in 6 kids.




Developmental Delay is when a child does not reach developmental milestones at the expected times. Delay can occur in one or multiple areas—for example, gross or fine motor, language, social, or thinking skills. In the United States, 17% of children under the age of 18 years – or one in six – have a developmental or behavioral disability such as autism, intellectual disability, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). These conditions may initially present as behavioral issues because young children, especially those with delay, cannot communicate well or express their emotions effectively.

You are probably wondering what this has to do with employees or EAPs. When parents are faced with serious concerns about their child's development, they will be consumed by stress, and may not know what to do or where to turn. They may miss work, be pre-occupied, and feel torn between work and home. With working parents making up about one third of your workforce, it makes sense to offer online developmental screenings and support tools for parents .

These tools are:

  • Low-cost to the employer
  • No-cost to the employee
  • Secure web and mobile based applications
  • Easy to use and implement

They provide:

  • Online Developmental Screenings
  • Assessment and Recommendations
  • A jump-start on early intervention for the child
  • Skill-Building Activities
  • Access to Clinicians and Developmental Specialists
  • Care Navigation

Your workforce is diverse, so providing different services that employees can self-select offers a choice in benefits that so many value in today's workplace. EAP programs are part of a competitive benefits package and they can be highly beneficial because they promote employee self-managed care, which can reduce health care costs, and help to retain and attract top talent.

The purpose of any Employee Assistance Program is to ensure that employees are able to manage their daily lives and remain productive, even when faced with difficult life experiences, such as caring for children who need extra support.