I have two children that have been diagnosed with Global Development Delay (GDD), and we are in the process of getting a third diagnosed. I sometimes get asked what it is, so I thought I would publish a bit of information about it, with links of course! – Bella 🙂
Global developmental delay refers to a delay in two or more important areas of development . These areas include motor skills, speech and language skills, academic skills, learning ability, social and emotional skills and self help skills. When developmental delay is suspected, psychological assessment forms only a small part of the child’s overall evaluation. In order to identify the causal and maintaining factors, medical and psychological assessments are necessary
From very early on, children are expected to reach developmental milestones within each key areas. For example, some of the motor skills include rolling over, sitting up, walking and picking up small objects. Speech and language skills include identifying sounds and speech, bubbling, imitating speech and finally talking. Academic skills include memory and learning. Finally, some of the social and self help skills include exploration, interacting with others and skills such as eating and dressing. When first noticed that children fail to reach these developmental milestones, further tests are needed to evaluate the extent of delay and the areas of concern.
The causes of developmental delay vary considerably and are not always known. In most cases, developmental delay is related to some form of neurological abnormality. This may be due to genetic or heredity disorders (such as Down Syndrome) or other developmental disorders that affect the nervous system (such as Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida). Other causes include premature birth, infections or various metabolic diseases.
Early assessment and identification of possible causes can help. When medical conditions that cause developmental delay are treated, usually children’s functioning improve substantially. When causes are unknown or not treatable (as in genetic disorders) it is important to put appropriate plans in place to maximise children’s potential and to ensure a good quality of life.
Even if not treatable, children with developmental delay should enjoy the opportunities to discover what they are able to do and what it is that they are good at. Developing a healthy sense of self esteem should be priority when future plans are implemented.
This information was copied from here, it was one of few websites I felt best described Global Development Delay