E. Treatment of Global developmental delay
Assessments provide us with information about the child's abilities and needs. This sets a baseline for intervention.
The following types of therapies may be recommended for a child with GDD:
1. Speech therapy: This therapy will mainly focus on helping your child communicate. Speech therapists use play-based techniques to make language learning an exciting experience for your child. Depending on the strengths of your child, nonverbal or verbal modes of communication will be worked upon.
2. Occupational therapy: This therapy will aim at improving your child's gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Children with GDD often have poor muscle tone and strength. OT will focus on increasing core stability and muscle strength. OT will also aim at enabling your child to perform activities of daily living like brushing, combing, dressing up, etc independently.
3. Behaviour therapy: Children with GDD often present with behavioral difficulties. Child psychologists at behavior therapy aim at encouraging positive behaviors and reducing problem behaviors. They work on self-regulation and help your child cope with the difficulties.
4. Special education: It is always best to enroll your child in a special school. Special educators are trained professionals who understand the requirements of children with disabilities. Special educators form Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for each child based on their abilities. Your child will get individual attention and assistance in class and will be able to thrive better academically.
All the above-mentioned therapy services may not be recommended to every child with ADHD because each child is different and the presenting symptoms and needs vary from child to child. Please enroll your child in such therapies only if suggested by a practicing professional.
What can parents do for a child with Global Developmental Delay?
You can certainly help your child in handling their condition. It is advised to create an accepting environment for the child and try not to guilt or shame their condition. As a parent, it is necessary to attend family education services in order to gain insight into the condition and create an empathetic outlook into the child’s life. Encouraging the child to be independent with small tasks can help the child and giving them positive feedback can help the child.