GDD (huh?)


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


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  4. Hi my son Connor is 28 months has just been diagnosed with GDD and SCD he only started walking a month ago has no speech or any form of communication he’s had blood tests and fragile x etc and have all come back fine. So far I don’t know why he has this, I have one other child who is perfectly healthy although he has a different dad. Connor doesn’t know how to play with toys he just puts them in his mouth and chews them. He has to watch waybuloo all day of not he gets very angry and upset but as he doesn’t understand what we say he just cries when he wants drink food etc, he doesn’t point or wave and has no speech just a high pitched scream. I’m wondering if he will ever catch up and be able to lead a normal life as I’m not to sure of what will happen in the future either way to me he is perfect and the happiest little boy. Any info or help much appreciated

    • Thanks for stopping by Vicki 🙂
      Parenting special needs is never easy. You WILL have days where you want to scream in frustration because it feels like you are running around in circles like a headless chook! I still have days like that!

      BUT…in saying that, it DOES get easier.

      The biggest piece of advice I can give you right now is to find yourself a good pediatrician and get into various therapies (speech, occupational) Early intervention is the key to a good foundation.

      Find a support group either in your local town or online, where you can vent or receive advice..

      FInally…always follow your gut instincts.

      Your son sound very similar to my eldest when he was around the same age. I ask without knowing your son, but have you considered autism? A good pediatrician will help you through this.

      You can contact me at any time!

      Bella 🙂

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