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Global Developmental Delay (GDD) Assessments

Patches offers a GDD diagnostic service for children under 4 years of age, who exhibit delayed development, as well as the provision of tailored therapy supports.
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What is Global Development Delay?

The term Global Developmental Delay, or GDD, is used when a child shows delays across several areas of development, compared with children the same age. ‘Global’ refers to multiple areas being impaired (two or more of the areas mentioned below), and ‘delay’ refers to delays in meeting developmental milestones expected for their age. The delay does not imply permanent impairment, which is why early identification, and early intervention with therapy, are important.

The areas of child development that are assessed in GDD include:

+ Speech and language development;

+ Gross motor development (walking, crawling);

+ Fine motor development (holding toys, drawing);

+ Cognition (understanding and learning);

+ Social interaction and relating to others, and;

+ Emotional regulation

How can you tell the difference between GDD and ASD?

Research shows that children with Global Developmental Delay (GDD) may present with a more prominent delay in problem solving, motor skills and adaptive behaviours, compared to their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Studies have shown that as the child gets older, it becomes easier to identify the differences between GDD and ASD. Our team of medical and allied health professionals are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of both conditions.

Assessing for Global Developmental Delay

Patches offers an GDD diagnostic service for children under 4 years of age, who exhibit delayed development, such as limited reasoning or conceptual abilities, fine/gross motor difficulties, poor social skills/judgement, aggressive behaviour and communication problems.

Patches is transitioning to a new Client Management System. This means we are unable to accommodate new referrals for GDD assessments at the current time. We look forward to receiving referrals again in January 2024. 

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GDD Assessments

Patches offers a GDD diagnostic service for children under 4 years of age, who exhibit delayed development, as well as the provision of tailored therapy supports.

What is Global Developmental Delay?

The term Global Developmental Delay, or GDD, is used when a child shows delays across several areas of development, compared with children the same age. ‘Global’ refers to multiple areas being impaired (two or more of the areas mentioned below), and ‘delay’ refers to delays in meeting developmental milestones expected for their age. The delay does not imply permanent impairment, which is why early identification, and early intervention with therapy, are important.

The areas of child development that are assessed in GDD include:

+ Speech and language development;

+ Gross motor development (walking, crawling);

+ Fine motor development (holding toys, drawing);

+ Cognition (understanding and learning);

+ Social interaction and relating to others, and;

+ Emotional regulation

How can you tell the difference between GDD and ASD?

Research shows that children with Global Developmental Delay (GDD) may present with a more prominent delay in problem solving, motor skills and adaptive behaviours, compared to their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Studies have shown that as the child gets older, it becomes easier to identify the differences between GDD and ASD. Our team of medical and allied health professionals are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of both conditions.

Assessing for Global Developmental Delay

Patches offers an GDD diagnostic service for children under 4 years of age, who exhibit delayed development, such as limited reasoning or conceptual abilities, fine/gross motor difficulties, poor social skills/judgement, aggressive behaviour and communication problems.

Patches also offers therapy for the ongoing support of children and families. For more information about our assessments please visit our FAQ section.

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Our Therapy Services

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GDD Assessments

Patches offers a GDD diagnostic service for children under 4 years of age, who exhibit delayed development, as well as the provision of tailored therapy supports.

What is Global Developmental Delay?

The term Global Developmental Delay, or GDD, is used when a child shows delays across several areas of development, compared with children the same age. ‘Global’ refers to multiple areas being impaired (two or more of the areas mentioned below), and ‘delay’ refers to delays in meeting developmental milestones expected for their age. The delay does not imply permanent impairment, which is why early identification, and early intervention with therapy, are important.

The areas of child development that are assessed in GDD include:

+ Speech and language development;

+ Gross motor development (walking, crawling);

+ Fine motor development (holding toys, drawing);

+ Cognition (understanding and learning);

+ Social interaction and relating to others, and;

+ Emotional regulation

How can you tell the difference between GDD and ASD?

Research shows that children with Global Developmental Delay (GDD) may present with a more prominent delay in problem solving, motor skills and adaptive behaviours, compared to their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Studies have shown that as the child gets older, it becomes easier to identify the differences between GDD and ASD. Our team of medical and allied health professionals are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of both conditions.

Assessing for Global Developmental Delay

Patches offers an GDD diagnostic service for children under 4 years of age, who exhibit delayed development, such as limited reasoning or conceptual abilities, fine/gross motor difficulties, poor social skills/judgement, aggressive behaviour and communication problems.

Patches also offers therapy for the ongoing support of children and families. For more information about our assessments please visit our FAQ section.

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