Global developmental delay is frequently diagnosed when a young child has not reached developmental milestones in two or more areas of development: motor skills, speech and language, cognitive skills and social and emotional skills (Contact-a-Family)
As we specialise is movement disorders, through the delivery of Conductive Education, our services focus on children who are showing a delay in the development of their motor skills. Frequently this will be accompanied by other areas of delay which our programme will also address. Parents are often the first people to notice this problem and yet may have to wait for some time before being given a firm diagnosis. This is a period of worry and concern for parents and it is at this point that we can help and support the child and the family. Early intervention is crucial in order to maximise the learning opportunities for the child.
In order to access our services young children (0-3yrs) do not need to have a formal diagnosis but may be displaying a lack or slowness in development. It is crucial to access specialised help and support as soon as a potential motor delay is identified.
Equally your child may already have been diagnosed with a global developmental delay and you wish to access services which will help promote development in all areas. This may be to complement current schooling or services your child is receiving. Our services run throughout childhood so we can cater for the needs of any child who has already been diagnosed. Our only criteria is that your child must be showing delay in the area of movement skills even though we recognise that this may be accompanied with other developmental needs.