Children with Global Developmental Delay will have a huge range of symptoms and abilities depending on the cause of the delay and the area in which they are struggling.

Motor developmental delay

A child with motor developmental delay may struggle with gross motor skills such as rolling, crawling or walking; or may struggle with fine motor skills like being able to pincer a marble between a finger and a thumb or tie up a shoelace.

By the time a child is one year old, they should be able to crawl or stand when supported. By the age of 2 years, they should be able to walk.

Cognitive developmental delay

Cognition involves the ability to think, understand and follow instructions.

When a child has reached their first birthday they should be able to point at objects. By the time of their second birthday, they should know what common objects are used for, i.e. a telephone.

Social & emotional developmental delay

A child with social and emotional developmental delay may experience difficulties interacting with others.

By the time a child is 3 months old they should be able to smile and by six months they should laugh. By the age of one year, a child should be able to interact by waving when being waved to.

Communication developmental delay

Many children struggle with speech and language which includes the ability to talk, listen and receive information.

By four months a child should babble and respond to loud noises. By one year they should use some single words.