Will my 17-month-old, who has delays in motor skills, catch up to her age group?
Probably, but I can't really answer that without a lot more information about your daughter. I hope that she is getting a complete evaluation from her pediatrician and a specialist, such as a developmental pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist. Some testing may be needed to look for the cause of these delays. At this age, there is a lot of catch-up possibility, so it's really important to work hard now with therapists and the early intervention program in your community to prompt her developmental progress. Good physical health, good nutrition, and lots of loving parenting
also enhance development, so apply liberally. The delays are relatively minor at this time so it may be relatively easy to get her to move ahead.
Stay on top of the situation by getting periodic assessments of her progress and alert her physician if she backslides in other words, loses skills she's already developed. Although it's always devastating to hear that a child's development
is delayed, your daughter's young age at identification of concerns and your getting help are strong predictors of good progress.