What is Global Development Delay?

The term 'developmental delay' or 'global development delay' is used when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestones than other children their age. This might include learning to walk or talk, movement skills, learning new things and interacting with others socially and emotionally. Someone with another condition, like Down’s syndrome or Cerebral palsy, may also have Global developmental delay.

Global development delay and learning disability
For some people, the delay in their development will be short ­term and can be overcome with additional support or therapy. In other cases the delay may be more significant and the child will need ongoing support. This indicates they may also have a learning disability. A diagnosis of developmental delay can be very confusing.
Getting an early diagnosis can help to ensure the right support is put in place as soon as possible, to help each person to reach their full potential. It’s important to remember that every child is unique and will develop at their own pace.

Developmental delay can also be a symptom of other underlying medical conditions, including:
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Cerebral Palsy.
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Landau-Kleffner syndrome.
Myopathies, including muscular dystrophies.
Genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome.