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What causes global developmental delays in children?

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Sometimes, a delay occurs in several developmental areas. When that happens, it's called "global developmental delay." It may happen because of a genetic defect such as Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, fragile X syndrome, or severe medical problems that develop soon after birth. Often, doctors don't know what the cause is.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Developmental Screening" and "Important Milestones."

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007; vol 60: pp 367–380. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

WebMD Feature: "Is Your Baby on Track?"

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development" and "Your Child’s Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Developmental Screening" and "Important Milestones."

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007; vol 60: pp 367–380. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

WebMD Feature: "Is Your Baby on Track?"

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development" and "Your Child’s Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 14, 2018

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