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What's global developmental delay?

What's global developmental delay?

Significant delays, : with age-equivalent performance of 1 1/2 std. deviations or more below the mean in 2 or more developmental domains: cognition, receptive/ expressive communicatiion, social/adaptive & fine/ gross motor skills + how a child processes information presented verbally or visually. GDD is a diagnosis for kids thru age 4. Below-normal cognitive & adaptive skills at 5-6 is termed Intellectual Disability. ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Missed Developmental Milestones (Definition)

We expect babies and children to be able to do certain things by certain ages. We know not every child is the same, and also have to take into account things like prematurity. For instance, most babies are pulling up on furniture and attempting to take a first step around their first birthday. If they get to 15-16 months and aren't doing it, we say that's a delayed ...Read more


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What conditions cause delays in developmental milestones?

What conditions cause delays in developmental milestones?

Many causes of delay: There can be many causes for developmental delays. Examples of this would be prematurity, genetic conditions, exposure to drugs, alcohol, lead, or maternal infections. Lack of stimulation can also lead to delays, such as infants who are left in their cribs or infant seats for hours at a time with no interaction. ...Read more

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Are developmental delays inherited?

Are developmental delays inherited?

No, most of the time: Certain genetic conditions resulting in developmental delay are inheritable, though. ...Read more

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What causes developmental delays?

What causes developmental delays?

Many factors: Developmental delays often just are without much possible explanation. Other times there can be predisposition because of genetics, prematurity, toxin exposure, intrauterine problems, and disease/illness. Interactions with your child of all kinds help development. ...Read more

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Can developmental delay be genetic?

Yes and no: There are very many syndromes that will result in developmental delay. For example down syndrome. However, even with the full syndrome a person can be developmentally normal. There is a genetic trend for intelligence, but this is very variable. Many children with developmental problems have no genetic risks. Many children with genetic risks are developmentally normal. ...Read more

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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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Explain about delayed motor development.?

Explain about delayed motor development.?

Late: Studies have shown that most kids follow a pattern of advancing skills regarding use of various muscle.There is a tremendous range of time, so a child may walk as early as 7-8 mos and as late as 18-20 mos and still be in the "normal" range. When these advancements are delayed, longer than the expected latest normal time, we worry about problems. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between global developmental delay and pervasive developmental disorders?

Is there any difference between global developmental delay and pervasive developmental disorders?

Developmental delays: There is a difference between the two. GDD is a delay in two or more of language, motor, vision, thinking and social skills. Pervasive developmental delays describe a group of disorders, such as Autism and Asperger's, that describe primarily delays of socialization, imagination, and communication. ...Read more

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What is considered childhood developmental delay?

What is considered  childhood developmental delay?

Slow milestones: Many books and brochures have expected milestones for children at specific ages. If your child is not meeting these expected milestones, there is concern. A thorough pediatric evaluation would be appropriate. Exact cause, outcome, and treatment should be discussed with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How can global developmental delay effect adolescense?

Immaturity : Developmental delays often lead to arrested development on social dimensions. Tracking levels of social judgment, friendships, dating, sexuality should indicate how safe and capable an individual is to manage some decisions independently. ...Read more

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What is global developmental delay disorder in a child?

Overall delay: Standardized tests like the differential abilities scales-ii that yield a general cognitive ability score and a special non-verbal composite test all developmental domains: cognition, receptive/ expressive communicatiion, social/adaptive and fine/ gross motor, plus how a child processes information presented verbally or visually. Gdd refers to significant overall delays in a child <6 years old. ...Read more

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Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

very unlikely : In most cases of developmental delay parents are not directly or indirectly responsible. Exceptions might include substance abuse during pregnancy, head trauma from abuse or severe neglect leading to failure to thrive but these will have other associated findings not just developmental delay. It is best to speak with the provider to make sure a thorough evaluation is done. ...Read more

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Is there a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Is there a  new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Just new terminology: The conditions you describe have been known for many decades. Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp. ...Read more

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Could a child diagnosed with global developmental delay have autism?

Could a child diagnosed with global developmental delay have autism?

Continued: Autism may be a cause of global developmental delay, but most often involves delays mainly in the language/communication and social/ emotional domains of development. Autism is not always an isolated diagnosis; it may a part of a more generalized condition. The cdc we site has information on development & autism. The autism link is: www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly. ...Read more

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What are some causes of teen's gross motor skill developmental delays?

What are some causes of teen's gross motor skill developmental delays?

Started when younger: Gross motor delay doesn't start as a teen. Such delays would've been noticed and diagnosed long before (hopefully). However, if there is a loss of gross motor skill then a neurologist must be consulted to look into new onset neurological/neurosurgical problems - sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Is sign language effective for nonverbal autistic children?

Sometimes: Each child with a diagnosis of autism is truly different from others. Some will respond well and vunderstand signing, others will not. Certainly worth a try. ...Read more

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What are the differences between retardation, developmental delay and mental impairment?

What are the differences between retardation, developmental delay and mental impairment?

Good question: Retardation indicates a low IQ and expected problems meeting milestones. Mentally retarded individuals do have developmental delay. Developmental delay can exist alone and means one is not meeting milestones on time. Pt, ot, speech are therapies than can improve developmental delay. Mental impairment is a lot of different diagnosis...Bipolar, dementia, retardation, schizophrenia, etc ...Read more

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Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Yes: All neurological problems are tips of the same iceberg, most types of brain problems have multiple manifestations, some are just more obvious than others. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is social skills developmental delay?

Later Than Expected: Studies have shown that most kids follow a pattern of advancing skills regarding use of various interactional skills..There is a tremendous range of time, so a child may smile at someone as early as 1-2 mos.And as late as 5-6 mosand still be in the "normal" range. When these advancements are delayed, longer than the expected latest normal time, we worry about problems. ...Read more

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Is speech delay a definite sign of autism?

Is speech delay a definite sign of autism?

No.: In fact, nonverbal communication is deficient in autistic children; many children with speech delay are so good at reading nonverbal cues that they have no motivation to start speaking. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Developmental Delay (Definition)

As children move along in age, they should also do so in developmental stages of motor, languag, and personal social areas. When these areas lag expectations, it is ...Read more