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What does global development delay mean?
Q: I have a child who has global development delay and want to know exactly what this means. Are there any toys to help her develop coordination and language skills?
A: Global development delay is a term used to descote a child whose development falls behind norms in most if not all areas of development. Some children show a delay in, say, language development but stay on target in such areas as motor and muscular development and self-help activities. The word global is applied, in general, when there is a delay in more than one or two areas of development.

There are many toys and activities that can help children with developmental delay, but they are age-related. As you did not mention your daughter’s age, it is difficult to be specific. I invite you to submit another question to me and provide a bit more information so I can recommend toys and activities.

Finally, let me say that Fisher-Price is adding a section on its website specifically for children with disabilities. Be on the lookout for it in the near future.