Global developmental delay

Global developmental delay is used to describe an overall delay in two or more major areas of a child's development. Developmental delays, in general, are looked for at regular visits to the pediatrician. Causes for global developmental delay could be genetic or environmental.

If you suspect your child has any developmental delays, you should discuss them with his pediatrician.

Motor Skills

Head control, Roll over from supine to prone , Creeping , Sitting without support, Able to get up from lying to sitting, Crawling, Standing, Able to get up from sit to stand, Walking.

Learning and Reasoning

child who has difficulty learning new things or cannot reason age-appropriately . A 6-month-old will try to get to a toy that is out of reach. At around 18 months, a child should have the ability to point to at least one body part. At 2 years old, she should be able to point to two pictures and name one. A 2 1/2-year-old can point to six body parts.

Speech and Language

If a child cannot identify sounds, babble or repeat sounds. A 6-month-old should be able to turn to a voice or rattling sound. By 9 months, he should be making one syllable sounds and may be able to say "dada" or "mama." A 1-year-old should be able to imitate sounds and be babbling.

Social and Personal Skills

A 4-month-old baby should smile spontaneously and respond to affection. At 6 months, she will interact socially with her parents. By 1 year, he will have a strong attachment with his parents. She should be laughing with others at 18-months-old and playing alongside others by 2 years of age.

Daily Activities

Even small children have daily activities they should be able to complete. Children with global developmental delay may have difficulty with these tasks such as eating or dressing.

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