The term 'developmental delay' or 'global development delay' is used when a child takes longer to reach certain developmental milestones than other children their age. This might include learning to walk or talk, developing motor 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.
We've heard from many parents how hard it can be to get to grips with a term like 'global development delay' and what it will mean for the future.
In some cases, the delay will be short-term and can be overcome with additional support or therapy. However, 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 for parents – and it’s important to remember that every child is unique and will develop at their own pace. 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.
- Read a parent’s story of getting a diagnosis of global development delay for their child.
- For support, and to find out more, contact the Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org