What is Global Developmental Delay?

Global Developmental Delay (GDD) can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. It affects the major areas of the development of a child, in which they have trouble with communication and skills.

It is a generally used to describe any delay between birth and 18 years old.

There are many possible causes of GDD, including:

  • Premature birth
  • Chromosomal condition such as Fragile X
  • Metabolic conditions – thyroid function
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Injuries or infections of the brain such as head injury or meningitis