The Toppling Toddler

A dizzy spell provides the key to a little girl's developmental delay

By Mark Cohen|Thursday, November 01, 2001
"Dr. Cohen, Mrs. Harada is on the phone. She says Jennifer is dizzy and falling when she walks." I was on my way into an exam room but ducked into my office to take the call. Jennifer was 3 years old, and nobody had yet figured out why she was developmentally delayed. But this sounded like something new--and worrisome. "Hi, Karen. What's going on with Jennifer?" "I don't know, Dr. Cohen. I brought her home from school and she seemed fine. She sat down to play, and when she stood up she could...

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