Global Developmental Delay

Sanket, a 5-year-old boy, couldn’t speak a word even after hitting 5 years. He was socially unaware and retarded.

He gets diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay. This diagnosis is for developmental disabilities in children who are under the age of five. Such delays relate to cognition, social functioning, speech, language, and motor skills. It is generally seen as a temporary diagnosis applying to kids who are still too young to take standardized IQ tests.

Once children reach the age where they are able to take a standardized intelligence test, they may be diagnosed with an intellectual development disorder.

What is Global Developmental Delay?

Global developmental delay (GDD) refers to a delay in multiple areas of development, including physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional development. Children with GDD may have delays in reaching milestones such as sitting up, crawling, walking, talking, and playing with others. GDD can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, premature birth, and health conditions such as infections or neurological problems.

If you suspect that your child may have GDD, it is important to speak with your child's doctor or a developmental pediatrician. They will be able to assess your child's development and determine if there are any underlying medical conditions that need to be addressed. They may also recommend therapies or interventions to help your child reach their full potential.

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