Global Developmental Delay occurs in children who are unable to perform to match the level of his/her peer groups.
Children reach milestones by how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). However, there are some children who does not achieve these on time.
What Are Developmental Delays in Young Children?
Some parents do not worry at all when they have a child who doesn’t smile on time, crawl when time is right, etc. Parents must be vigilant if their child does not perform tasks that other children does in different stages of life. Developmental milestones are skills such as, taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye”. If we do not train them in performing those activities when they reach their appropriate age, the child will suffer.
This is a matter of concern. If the child is not growing at a normal pace parents should look into it. Otherwise they will fall behind. Ideally development falls under the below mentioned areas,
Social and emotional development
Speech and language development
Fine motor skills and cognitive development
Gross motor development
Follow this link to track your child’s developmental milestones. If your child does not meet the criterias that are equivalent to age, it may be that your child is suffering from Global Developmental Delay.
What causes Global Developmental Delay?
There is no exact reason for this but it is different from person to person.
Few parents give attention to children who have delays . Many think that it will fade with time but it is a myth. Others blame it on the surrounding of the child which is also not the case. Some believe that it will all work out when the child attends school. This is also a misconception.
Treatment for Global Developmental Delay
If a delay persists in a child, the child could lag behind physical and mental activities thrown his / her way. Delay in speech can result psychologically. Delay in motor activities such as walking can disable the child’s normal functions.This forces caregivers to keep carrying the child.
GDD or Global Developmental Delay can be treated if one identifies this earlier in a child. However, it is advised to see a professional as soon as you monitor any of the above. A speech therapist will be able to assist with developing the speech and language development of a child with Global Developmental Delay while a physiotherapist can help in fine tuning the physical aspects.
Have you ever had difficulty in swallowing? Since we were born, we eat, drink but have you ever thought of your eating process? No right?
This is a bit of a complex process. When we see, smell the food ; our brain will send a message to the muscles in our mouth, neck, throat, and belly parts..this is the first instance of salivating. Here we begin the swallowing process.
Did you know?
On average a person swallows 900 times a day when he/she eats,drinks,etc.
Produces 1.5 liters of saliva
Use 55 muscles to swallow
What is a swallowing difficulty?
Do you remember the time when you choked while eating or eating fast? But if this happens often, you should pay attention to this.
This is problem of eating or drinking liquid is known as dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing).
Dysphagia can incur in any person. From a little child who is premature, suffering with cerebral palsy, cleft lip and palate,autism to adults with brain damage, stroke and surgeries related feeding and swallowing muscles and due to age.
Signs of people with dysphagia
Finds it difficult to chew or break food into pieces in the mouth
Difficult to push food it into the throat
Cough often during eating
Food stuck in the throat
Difficulty in breathing while eating
Because of the above signs, a person with dysphagia first reduces the food intake. This is not a good start. This makes a harmful impact on that person’s health. Due to lack of food intake few may lose their weight as well.
This is why it is a must to focus on the treatment of dysphagia as soon as detected.
If you or your loved ones have a problem with this kind of a difficulty in swallowing, meet a speech therapist today and get treatment for dysphagia.
This article will discuss movies on Autism. While, a movie is an amazing art which will compress a long story in to 90 minutes, it teaches us a variety of things by touching our emotions. Now more than ever, you see a great development in online movie providers such as Netflix which gives access to all kind of movies and TV series to your doorstep.
What was the last movie you watched and did you learn anything out of it?
Here are some intriguing movies, TV series on Autism to keep you glued to the television whilst learning something about the human kind. While you watch these, make sure to keep your child near you to give them an idea about children with special needs. Every individual in this world, deserves to understand one another.
It is our prime responsibility to teach about the other side of the world to any child. They should and they will grow up with different people with different backgrounds. Therefore, it is our duty to keep them well educated. Not just about books but by teaching them the reality of the world.
Also we would recommend this to our professionals and students who are studying these subjects.
Movies on Autism
Ocean Heaven (2010)
A story of a teenager with autism who has been totally depending on his father to go about his day today activities. The movie portrays how an autistic individual can be trained to do his tasks and be independent in life.
Temple Grandin (2010)
This is a story of a professor at Colorado State University and well-known speaker on autism and animal handling on different platforms such as TED Talk. She overcame the limitations imposed on her by autism such as the delay in speech until age four and the inability in dealing with people. However, she was successful in getting a PhD and becoming an expert in animal husbandry.
Forrest Gump (1994)
An engaging movie to keep you entertained while getting an insight into autism. Forrest’s character depicts autism related features , however he manages to stand as an exemplary figure to the world.
My Name is Khan (2010)
A story of an Indian with autism, who embarks on a journey to give a message to the president of the United states of America.
A Brilliant Young Mind (2015)
This movie is also known as X+Y. A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
A widower struggling to raise his emotionally challenged son discovers that he can predict events before they happen.
A story of an autistic boy who discovers that he has a talent for running. With the help of the mother participates in a major marathon.
The Good doctor (2017)
American medical drama television series based on the 2013 award-winning South Korean series of the same name. Shaun, a young doctor with autism and Savant syndrome, joins a renowned hospital in San Jose, California, but his colleagues do not socialize with him. He uses his skills to treat patients and prove his abilities to his co-workers.
The Accountant (2016)
If you are action movie lover you would like this movie. The movie’s main story line of an accountant with autism is somewhat ordinary and predictable, but its fabric is made up of enough good scenes & characters to make it worthwhile.
Does your child know that there are special kids around them? They are just like them, however they differ from skills and abilities than them. Here is a great strategy to let your child know that SPECIAL does exist in the real sense and that we should integrate the SPECIAL into our life in order to be a better person in life.
Stroke occurs when part of the brain losses its blood supply. Depend of the lesion that effect results can be change. A person with high blood pressure are more prone to have strokes. Also head injury also leads to stroke.
All those scenarios will damage the brain, which is the central unit of the body and is in charge of different functions
As a Speech Language Pathologist, I have witnessed many patients with stroke/ brain damages that has ultimately affected their speech function. These are conditions such as Aphasia, Dysarthria..etc
In all these conditions they will have some sort of speech difficulty along with poor muscle strength. Some patients will,
Answer totally unnecessary things when we ask something but they can understand what we asked.
Few are unable to understand what we asked.
Difficulty in naming,
Difficulty in repeating
Poor speech clarity
Inability to speak in mother tongue but good at secondary languages….
When brain is damaged it is difficult to function as before because it damages the neural system. Depending on the location and the severity of the damage, the symptoms will also be different from person to person.
Few may have paralysis in one part of the body due to stroke. Others will have poor muscle strength which leads to difficulty in performing day to day activities as before. When it affects the speech muscles, the speech will be unclear,slurred…
Few of them have hearing and visual deficits depending on the location which the brain injury occurs. Spasticity and tremors can also be seen with them.
Apart from that they will have fatigue and weakness so they won’t be able to preform as before and they get tired easily.
If brain damage leads to paralysis then their mobility will be affected, so they may need wheelchairs or some sort of support to move from one place to another.
2) Cognitive changes
Most of them will have memory issues because damage to brain will affect the memory. They will be having issues related to taking decisions, thinking, planning and sequencing an event , all due to the lesions which are damaged in the brain.
3) Behavioral changes
All above facts will affect the person to a significant extent. He/she was independent before the brain injury and in this new situation they are totally/partially dependent on others. This makes a huge impact on the person and it belittles their self-esteem. He/she may feel they are not worthy anymore…
Due to all those changes he/she will try to avoid social gatherings. In a situation like this all the family members need to show serious care for the patient and the emotions of them.
When they feel they are all alone, they will be frustrated and might show anxiety behaviors on the family members so try to talk to them or play some board games with them. Don’t treat them as a child because that will make them more angry.
All these matters need to be sorted out in a good manner. Because the patient was a normal human and all sudden he/she has become totally dependent in this situation.
Communication plays a big role with a person who is suffering from brain injury because it is the main bridge to express his/her needs.
Start speech therapy as early as possible for speedy recovery. There are moments in our life where there is only a small time window, so use it effectively...