GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT DELAY
Every child will develop at his or her own pace. Some will walk and talk earlier than others, some will take their own sweet time. That’s just how life goes. Developmental milestones for children is a bit of a lottery and it’s far from an exact science. Other parents will always tell you if their child spoke 20 minutes after being born, or wrote their first symphony before their 2nd birthday, so it’s hard to judge when it’s your child that’s in question and the milestones are more routine. Global Development Delay is a term used for when it becomes clear that their development is not progressing as expected for a child their age for a period of 6 months.
WHAT IS GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY? . . .
Global Development Delay, sometimes just known as Developmental Delay, is the term used when a child is deemed to have missed developmental stages, compared to their peers, i.e. children of the same age.
As we said in the intro, these miletones aren't written in stone, but in terms of GDD, the issues may be varied but can include:
- Speech or Language
- Learning, thinking or understanding
- Motor Development (or 'big' movements like walking or talking)
- Fine Motor Developments (or 'little' movements like drawing or holding a toy).
- Relationships with other people
- Making friends
- Regulating their emotions
- Day-to-day tasks (e.g. going to the toilet or getting dressed)