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Global developmental delay (GDD) is a term used to describe a generalized delay in development caused by an alteration in the functioning of the central nervous system and is usually characterized by lower than average intellectual functioning along with significant limitations in at least two other areas of development. Common signs of global developmental delay include delayed acquisition of milestones (e.g., sitting up, crawling, walking), limited reasoning or development of conceptual abilities, poor social skills and judgement, aggressive behaviour as a coping skill, and communication difficulties. Global developmental delay has many causes which sometimes go undetermined. Early intervention and therapy can support a healthy development and the stimulation of the best capacities for children with GDD.
This newsletter presents the CHILD-CHII, a measurement tool that can be used to help families, rehab professionals, educators, and community organizations gather information on the resources and accessibility features of a community program or facility.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is immature. This newsletter presents the EDIT-CP Toolkit which is designed to support clinicians to detect CP and connect children to effective early interventions.
Coaching interventions provide education and guidance to individuals. This newsletter describes different types of coaching for children with disability and their families, approaches that are commonly used, and the level of evidence for coaching.
Positional plagiocephaly is an asymmetric flattening of the back of the skull, which may relate to prolonged positioning on the back. It is believed that infants with plagiocephaly may have less exposure on their tummy when awake, and therefore fewer opportunities to practice extensor movements against gravity such as lifting the head and trunk. This may influence early gross motor milestone development.
The cause of developmental delay or intellectual disability is still unknown in many children with these disabilities. More specialized genetic testing is likely to play a role in the future in determining causes.
BRIGHT Coaching is a new research program for families whose child is on a wait list for developmental assessments and services. If your child is a preschooler between the ages of 1.5 and 4.5, you may be eligible to join!