Global developmental delay

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Global developmental delay is an umbrella term used when children are significantly delayed in their cognitive and physical development. There is usually a more specific condition which causes this delay, such as Fragile X syndrome or other chromosonal abnormalities. However, it is sometimes difficult to identify this underlying condition.[1]

Other terms associated with this condition are failure to thrive (which focuses on lack of weight gain and physical development), intellectual disability (which focuses on intellectual deficits and the changes they cause to development) and developmental disability (which can refer to both intellectual and physical disability altering development).


  1. ^ Srour, Myriam; Mazer, Barbara; Shevell, Michael I (2006). "Analysis of Clinical Features Predicting Etiologic Yield in the Assessment of Global Developmental Delay". Pediatrics. 118 (1): 139–145. doi:10.1542/peds.2005-2702. PMID 16818559.