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Global Developmental Delay

Global Developmental Delay

Generally the development for all human beings occurs in predictable sequences. For example, with encouragement, resources and structure, babies and children will start speaking, walking and feeding themselves over time. These stages of skill development are known as developmental milestones and these are set within themes called domains of development.

These domains are:

 Cognitive skills – the ability to learn and process information, memory and reason

Motor skills – movements and physical interaction

Speech and language – including non-verbal communication such as gestures, eye contact and smiling

Social and emotional skills – interacting with others and developing character traits

A child with developmental delay is behind on achieving one or more developmental milestones. A child with global developmental delay (GDD) is delayed in achieving many, if not all, milestones.

For some children this is caused by disability involving chromosome and genetic abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome or a developmental disability such as autism, cerebral palsy or spina bifida. However, it is important to bear in mind that child development varies widely and some children may catch up with their peers either on their own, or with additional support.

Early assessment and tailored treatments are required to ensure an increased chance of improvement and development, while preventing further complications.  Please contact us to arrange an assessment and learn how we can help your child.

Did you know?

In the UK, 5-10% percent of the child population is affected at some point by GDD.