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Help your child reach their developmental milestones with the right experts

Every child acquires and develops motor skills, cognitive skills, speech and language, as well behavioral or social skills at their own pace. While there’s no fixed timetable to reach these milestones, some children may take longer than average to develop their skills in domains, such as physical, cognitive, communication, social or emotional, as well as sensory and behavioral.

As a parent, we understand that you may feel concerned if your child is not learning skills as fast as their peers. These are called developmental delays. If the delay occurs in only one domain, it is called Isolated Developmental Delay. Significant delay in more than two developmental domains for children under the age of five years is termed Global Developmental Delay (GDD).

Understanding Global Developmental Delay

Global Developmental Delay may impact your child’s ability to understand and retain information, respond appropriately to people, interpret social cues, solve problems, interact or play with others their own age, and become independent. These delays are most commonly identified when a parent or preschool teacher raises concerns or during health checkups by the child’s doctor.

While developmental delays are common in preschool-age children (affecting 10%-15%), Global Developmental Delay is much rarer (1%-3%).

Signs of Global Developmental Delay

The symptoms of GDD can emerge in infants as young as a few months. Please reach out to the experts at Plexus if your child is finding it difficult to meet these milestones at a pace that’s appropriate for their age:
Roll over, sit, crawl, walk, or stand
Produce speech and understand
Communicate their needs
Hold and manipulate objects
Be independent
Solve age-appropriate problems
Thermo Therapy
Injury Avoidance Education
Occupational Conditioning
Scar management
Eliminating the need for corrective surgery
Improve hand functions
Improve performance in daily life activities
Promote return-to-work
Improve performance in classroom activities
Improve fine motor skills
Moreover, they may also experience muscle spasms, stiffness, or floppiness, exhibit excess clumsiness, and even behavioral problems.

Causes of Global Developmental Delay

Global Developmental Delay can occur due to many reasons – be it illness, genetics, or environmental factors. These causes are mainly categorized as:

Genetic disorders, cerebral dysgenesis, drugs and toxins, early and late maternal infections, and vascular conditions

Prematurity, perinatal asphyxia, and metabolic dysfunctions
Past injury, such as torn cartilage, dislocated joints, or ligament injuries
Joint malformation

Treatments for Global Developmental Delay

First, we want to assure you that Global Developmental Delay can be treated. But the most important factor that impacts treatment outcomes is time. That’s because your child’s intelligence, competency, behavioral patterns, and response systems across domains is largely dependent on what they learn within the first two years of their life. That’s why the earlier we diagnose, the better the results.There are many treatment options available for Global Developmental Delay.


01 Physiotherapy

Timely physical therapy can help children build their motor skills at a timed pace and allow them to become more independent in navigating physical environments as well as social environments. To meet the safety and healthcare needs of the child, physiotherapy also includes teaching family members the right way to position and handle their child for day-to-day activities. Wherever necessary, orthotic devices are also used to correct physical symptoms.

Our treatment program at Plexus

At Plexus, we create tailored treatment plans best suited to help your child reach their milestones. 

After a thorough assessment of your child’s medical history, Dr Na’eem Sadiq’s team creates a goal-oriented approach, involving the family too.
Our hands-on treatment programs include a combination of Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Behavior Therapy techniques such as:
Speech and auditory training
Play and socialization
Stimulation-based activities
Parent and child counseling
Adaptive equipment and mobility devices
Motor skills intervention
Gait training
Orthotic devices
Functional skill development
Environment modification
Adaptive equipment and mobility devices
Motor skills intervention

That’s not all, we also take the time to train parents or guardians in facilitating skill development and at-home therapies to bring about holistic improvement in the child.

What our patients say

FAQs answered

If your child has not achieved all the developmental milestones on time, like his/her agemates, you need to get a consultation with a specialist.

Yes, delayed speech can be an indication of an underlying neurological condition.

A holistic treatment addressing all the child’s concerns is needed for a child which GDD and generally comprises Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

Yes, a child should start standing and walking by the age of 10-12 months. It’s important to get a check up done by a neurologist to look into the child’s development.

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