A global developmental delay is a diagnosis given to children under 5 years of age, and when other diagnoses (e.g., intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit disorder, language disorder, motor coordination disorder, learning disorder, etc.) has not yet or cannot be confirmed. Global developmental delay is commonly given when a child is unable to participate in standardized and formal assessments surrounding language, learning, and motor functioning. Nonetheless, the child has failed to meet developmentally approprate milestones in several areas.
Early intervention is the key to promote the best possible prognosis. Therapies include developmental, Speech/language and occupational therapies, and if needed, physical and therapy, and parent support.